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Anna Netrebko on WNYC’s Soundcheck

Anna Netrebko joins John Schaefer on WNYC’s Soundcheck today, just after 2:00pm, to talk about balancing motherhood and a high-powered career, and to introduce her new recording, Souvenirs: an album of some of her favorite light operatic excerpts and songs just released on Deutsche Grammophon.

her 2002 debut at the Metropolitan Opera, the Russian-born soprano has
become one of opera’s most-watched talents. Named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2007 and Musical America‘s 2008 Musician of the Year, she also recently became a mother.

But Netrebko’s maternity leave is nearly over; she returns to the stage in the title role of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor
on January 14 in the comfort of her home company, St. Petersburg’s
historic Mariinsky Theater, under her mentor, Valery Gergiev. She then
returns to some of her favorite companies in the same role: New York’s
Metropolitan Opera on January 26 and the Vienna State Opera on February

The Wall Street Journal writes of Souvenirs:
“Opera star Anna Netrebko shows off her playful side with this
collection of lighter recordings,” and Britain’s Gramophone enthuses:
“Something for everybody here. Netrebko is nothing if not adventurous
in her choice…and sings in nine languages. … ‘Depuis le jour’ from Louise, very dreamy … and with a beautifully executed leap up to the exultant ‘Je suis heureuse!’”

John Schaefer plans to play a few selections from Souvenirs, which
includes music by Franz Léhar, Emmerich Kalman and Rimsky-Korsakov,
among others. Listening online is easy: at 2:00pm go to and click on LISTEN NOW to hear the news, then stay tuned for Anna Netrebko, live.

Anna Netrebko – Souvenirs

1. EMMERICH KÁLMÁN (1882-1953): Heia in den Bergen from Die Csardásfürstin (Leo Stein, Béla Jenbach)
2. RICHARD HEUBERGER (1850-1914): Im Chambre séparée from Der Opernball (Victor Léon, Heinrich von Waldberg)
3. FRANZ LÉHAR (1870-1948): Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss from Giuditta (Paul Knepler, Fritz Löhner)
4. GUSTAVE CHARPENTIER (1860-1956): Depuis le jour from Louise (Gustave Charpentier)
5. JACQUES OFFENBACH (1819-80): Barcarole from Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Jules Barbier)
6. RICHARD STRAUSS (1864-1949): Cäcilie Op. 27, No. 2 (Heinrich Hart)
7. EDWARD GRIEG (1843-1907): Solveigs Sang from Peer Gynt (Henrik Ibsen)
8. ANDRÉ MESSAGER (1853-1929): Lorsque je n’étais qu’une enfant from Fortunio (G. A. de Caillavet, Robert de Flers, after Alfred de Musset)
9. ANTONÍN DVORÁK (1841-1904): Kdyz mne stará matka, Op. 55, No. 4 (Als die alte Mutter) (Adolf Heyduk, arr. Jiri Teml)
10. RICHARD STRAUSS: Wiegenlied, Op. 41, No. 1 (Richard Dehmel)
11. NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908): Ne veter, veya s vïsotï, Op. 43, No. 2 (Not the wind, blowing from the heights) (Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, arr. Andreas N. Tarkmann)
12. NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Vostochnïy romans: Plenivshis’ rozoy, solovey, Op. 2, No. 2 (Eastern Song: Enslaved by the rose, the nightingale) (Aleksej Vasil’yevich Kol’tsov, arr. Andreas N. Tarkmann)
13. TRAD. JEWISH: Schlof sche, mein Vögele (arr. Friedrich Meyer)
14. ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER (b.1948) Pie Jesu from Requiem
15. REYNALDO HAHN (1874-1947): L’Énamourée (Théodore de Banville, arr. Andreas N. Tarkmann)
16. CARLOS GUASTAVINO (1912-2000): La rosa y el sauce (Francisco Silva, arr. Guillo Espel)
17. GERÓNIMO GIMÉNEZ (1854-1923): La Tarántula from La Tempranica (Julián Romea)
18. LUIGI ARDITI (1822-1903): Il bacio (Gottardo Aldighieri)

Anna Netrebko, soprano
Elina Garanca, mezzo-soprano (track 5); Piotr Beczala, tenor (tr. 2); Andrew Swait, boy soprano (tr. 14)
Prague Philharmonic Choir (tracks 1, 5, 13, 14) / Chorus Master: Lukás Vasilek
Prague Philharmonia / Emmanuel Villaume

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