Tosca from Teatro alla Scala: La Prima della Scala, the opening night of La Scala’s new season, has always been the grandest night for the world of Opera. Heads of state, world known celebrities and artists gather on December 7th in formal evening wear for this special event. While tickets in Milan may cost in excess of €2500, the experience is transmitted to the local cinema LIVE via satellite in glorious digital high definition and surround sound. The 2019-2020 season opens with the diva of the 21st century, Anna Netrebko, starring in Tosca, one of Puccini’s most “cinematic” operas and often described as a “thriller”.
Il Trovatore from Arena di Verona: The Verona Arena Opera Festival was created in 1913 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Verdi’s birth. Since then, it has continued the tradition of popular opera in a beautifully preserved Roman amphitheatre that can accommodate up to 20,000 spectators. Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov, a couple on stage and in the city, are the headliners of Franco Zeffirelli’s production at the 97th edition of the festival. The debut of the world’s most famous soprano on the stage of the world’s largest outdoor theatre is a highly anticipated event. In a sumptuous oversize set typical of Zeffirelli style, the prima donna assoluta Anna Netrebko makes her debut, on the stage of the arena dedicated to the world’s most famous lyrical art, in the role of Leonora, a fundamental core of her glorious career.
La Bohème from Salzburg: One of the operas performed most frequently all over the world, Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème will have its grand premiere in 2012 at the Salzburg Festival – its brilliance already ensured by the star cast led by conductor Daniele Gatti. “With the second opera premiere of the Vienna Philharmonic, I would like to break a spell which seems to have decreed that Giacomo Puccini is anathema to the Salzburg Festival – a fact I have never understood. Ever since this Festival was founded, there has been only one Tosca and one Turandot production, and none of his other works were ever put on the program,” Artistic Director Alexander Pereira states. Puccini and his librettists gave a musical and dramaturgical treatment to the tales of Henri Murger, who had memorialized the life of Parisian artists and Bohemians in the serialized novel Scènes de la vie de bohème in the mid-19th century.
Anna Bolena from Wiener Staatsoper: Gaetano Donizetti was one of the dominant figures of the operatic world in the second quarter of the nineteenth century. He wrote at astonishing speed, composing some seventy operas in his lifetime. Anna Bolena premiered to great acclaim in Milan in 1830, the year which also saw the retirement of Rossini. With the death of his compatriot, Bellini, only five years later, it fell to Donizetti to pick up the mantle of leading the ‘bel canto’ style of which all three were major exponents.
Lohengrin from Semperoper Dresden: Starring in their premiere Wagnerian roles, Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczała, alongside the outstanding Staatskapelle Dresden and led by the baton of Christian Thielemann, were met with standing ovations from audiences, and an equally warm acclaim from critics: “Pure bliss! Never ending applause!” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). Anna Netrebko’s role debut as Elsa was one of the most wildly anticipated musical events: “The soprano sang a lush, mature-sounding Elsa with undeniable bel canto shadings, utterly at home in Wagner’s Romantic universe. Netrebko’s finely calibrated interpretation captured the full range of Elsa’s emotional development…Her plush voice seemed to glow from within”, (Opera News). The “Primadonna assoluta” (Die Welt) stars across fellow Wagnerian debutant Piotr Beczała whose role debut as the eponymous Grail Knight has garnered the acclaimed tenor further plaudits from fans and critics alike: “The revelation was Piotr Beczała, who was just about perfect in the title role” says WQXR “Netrebko and Beczała are Wagner Stars” summarized the New York Times “and were frenetically celebrated by the audience.” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
Leading actor/actressAnna Netrebko
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