Anna Netrebko


The Russian soprano Anna Netrebko (born 18 September 1971) is a well-known opera singer. She is much admired for her sumptuous voice, her fine technique, and her great personal beauty. Netrebko was born in Krasnodar. She began her career washing floors at St Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre (home of the then Kirov Opera). There, she attracted the attention of conductor Valery Gergiev who became her vocal mentor. Guided by Gergiev, she made her operatic debut at the Mariinsky as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. She went on to sing many roles with the company, including Amina in La Sonnambula, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, Lucia di Lammermoor among others. In 1995, at age 24 years old, Netrebko made her US debut as Lyudmila in Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila at the San Francisco Opera. After this, she became a frequent singer at San Francisco, and later she appeared in other cities in the US. She became an acclaimed interpreter of Russian roles, such as Lyudmila, Natasha in Prokofiev's War and Peace, Louisa in his Betrothal in a Monastery and Marfa in The Tsar's Bride. However, she also succeeded in bel canto and romantic roles such as Gilda in Rigoletto, Musetta in La Bohème and Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi. In 2002, Netrebko debuted at the Metropolitan Opera as Natasha in that company's first production of War and Peace. In the same year, she sang her first Donna Anna at the Salzburg Festival, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt. In 2003, ...

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