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Anna Netrebko makes La Scala debut in “Don Giovanni” on Dec 7

Following her star turn in the season-opening production of Anna Bolena at the Metropolitan Opera, Anna Netrebko – the “diva assoluta del mondo” (Opera News) – returns to Europe to reprise one of her most celebrated roles: Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. Having performed Mozart’s heroine to rave reviews on tour with the Met and at the Salzburg Festival, Mariinsky Theatre, Vienna State Opera, and Covent Garden (the last of which prompted Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times to praise her “melting poignancy and gleaming power”), the superstar soprano takes her signature portrayal to Milan for her eagerly-anticipated debut at the Teatro alla Scala in a season-opening new production by Robert Carsen (Dec 7–23).
For her long-awaited first La Scala appearance, “the reigning new diva of the early 21st century” (Associated Press) graces a world-class cast that includes leading Mozart specialist Peter Mattei as Don Giovanni and star bass-baritone Bryn Terfel as his beleaguered servant Leporello. Daniel Barenboim, who collaborated with Netrebko on her bestselling 2010 Deutsche Grammophon album In the Still of Night, conducts the production. Don Giovanni’s opening-night performance on December 7 will be transmitted in high definition to movie theaters worldwide, as part of Emerging Pictures’ Opera in Cinema series.
The Milan performances come on the heels of Netrebko’s unbridled success at the Met, where she opened the 2011-12 season in the title role of a new production – and the company premiere – of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena. In headlining David McVicar’s new staging, she became the face of the Met’s season, her image appearing on billboards, buses, and subways all over New York City. On stage, meanwhile, the soprano consistently proved herself an “undisputed superstar” (New York Post); due to what the Associated Press styled her “mesmerizing stage presence” and “uniquely alluring vocal timbre,” she “brought down the house” (New York Times). “Netrebko has a voice to die for,” marveled the Daily News. “Her voice was sure and luminous throughout and at its most radiant in the dramatic outbursts,” agreed the Huffington Post. “Her appeal is deceptively simple: when she sings, you don’t want her to stop,” confirmed the New York Observer. In short, as Martin Bernheimer exclaimed in the Financial Times, “Bravo Bolena! Soprano Anna Netrebko dazzles!”
Netrebko returns to the Met to reprise Anna Bolena for two dates in February, before undertaking the title role in a new-to-the-Met Laurent Pelly production of Massenet’s Manon (March 26 – April 23), which will be transmitted to movie theaters worldwide in the Live in HD series on April 7.
Additional information about Anna Netrebko is available at, and a list of her upcoming engagements follows.
Anna Netrebko: upcoming engagements
Dec 7*, 10, 13, 16, 20, & 23
Milan, Italy
Teatro alla Scala
Mozart: Don Giovanni (Donna Anna)
* Live HD transmission to movie theaters
Dec 24
Moscow, Russia
Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory
Rossini: Stabat Mater
Dec 28
Moscow, Russia
Svetlanov Hall
Concert with Erwin Schrott
Dec 30 & 31
Dresden, Germany
Staatskapelle Dresden
New Year’s Eve Concert
With conductor Christian Thielemann, tenor Piotr Beczala, and baritone Erwin Schrott
Jan 3
Baden-Baden, Germany
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden
Concert wtih Erwin Schrott
Jan 6
Hannover, Germany
Concert with Erwin Schrott
Jan 9
Mannheim, Germany
Rosengarten Mozartsaal
Concert with Erwin Schrott
Jan 17 & 20
London, UK
Royal Opera House
Verdi: La traviata
Jan 23
Lucerne, Switzerland
Prague Philharmonic
Concert with Erwin Schrott
Jan 26
Stuttgart, Germany
Liederhalle Beethovensaal
Concert with Erwin Schrott
Feb 1 & 4
New York, NY
Metropolitan Opera
Donizetti: Anna Bolena
Feb 29
Berlin, Germany
Berlin State Opera
Benefit concert with Daniel Barenboim
March 26 & 31; April 3, 7*, 11, 14, 17, 20, & 23
New York, NY
Metropolitan Opera
Massenet: Manon
* “Met: Live in HD” transmission to movie theaters
May 3
Paris, France
Salle Gaveau
Recital with Elena Bashkirova, piano
May 6
Vienna, Austria
Concert with Daniel Barenboim
May 12, 16, 19, 23, & 26
Munich, Germany
Bavarian State Opera
Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecchi (Giulietta)
May 28
Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg Festival
Concert with Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg / Valery Gergiev
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