“Anna Netrebko – better than Maria Callas” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) – Since her sensational success in La Traviata, the soprano Anna Netrebko, at the height of her popularity, returns regularly to the great festival hall of the Salzburg Festival. This time, Netrebko shines as Leonora in Giuseppe Verdi’s tragic opera Il Trovatore with Plácido Domingo as Count di Luna. The critics have gone wild: “A triumph” writes the New York Times, while the Neue Zürcher Zeitung praises the production’s “truly divine sounds”. As the troubadour Manrico, Francesco Meli next to Netrebko and Domingo, singing “clearly and elegantly, possessing such vocal presence” (Der Standard).
The Tagesspiegel was astounded by the enduring stage presence of Plácido Domingo, marveling it “never fails to amaze people when they experience Plácido Domingo live, with his stage presence, the way he takes it all in his stride, how he now sings baritone parts without sounding different.”