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Anna Netrebko stars in La Bohème, the movie

Anna Netrebko, who has graced silver screens for the past three years in The Met: Live In HD broadcasts, returns to movie theaters across America this September, when Emerging Pictures releases a feature film version of Puccini’s La Bohème, starring the Russian soprano alongside Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón. London’s Times calls the film “starry and sumptuous,” while according to Classic FM magazine, “The lavish sets and special effects give rise to an extraordinary theatrical opera film.”

The theatrical trailer for La Bohème can be viewed at

The movie, which was filmed in 2008 in Vienna and is directed by Oscar- and Emmy-nominated director Robert Dornhelm, will be shown in theaters in select cities starting September 23. Information on exact show times and locations, as well as a list of participating venues, is available at

To coincide with the film’s screenings, Deutsche Grammophon will issue an iTunes exclusive release called La Bohème – Five Favorites, which will feature five must-have selections from the full-length version of Netrebko and Villazón’s recording of the opera, and which will be available for only $3.99. A more traditional highlights recording will follow, both in physical and digital versions, later in the year. Netrebko and Villazón’s complete recording of La Bohème, which is used as the movie’s soundtrack, was released in 2008 on DG.

London’s Times, in reviewing Netrebko’s full-length recording of La Bohème, asserts, “It is succulently dramatic – a tribute … to the stars’ power.” The San Francisco Chronicle wrote: “[Villazón] sounds relaxed and lyrical as the young poet. His high notes in the climaxes are vibrant and attacked cleanly … . Netrebko, too, is in excellent voice, her gleaming soprano filling out Mimì’s wistful phrases with grace and sensitivity.”

Anna Netrebko: upcoming appearances

September 6, 2009
Sobornaya Square, Moscow Kremlin
Russian National Orchestra
Mikhail Pletnev, conductor

September 13, 2009
Ruhrtriennale Festival

September 18, 2009
Scandinavian tour, Copenhagen
Emmanuel Villaume, conductor

September 21, 2009
Scandinavian tour, Oslo
Emmanuel Villaume, conductor

September 24, 2009
Scandinavian tour, Stockholm
Emmanuel Villaume, conductor

October 1, 2009
Salle Pleyel, Paris
Duo concert with Massimo Giordano

October 10, 15, 20, and 23, 2009
Opéra national de Paris
L’elisir d’amore / Adina

December 3, 7, 11, 16, 19*, 23, 26, and 30, 2009; January 2, 2010
Metropolitan Opera
Les contes d’Hoffmann / Antonia
*The Met: Live In HD broadcast

February 20, 24, and 27; March 2, 6, 10, 13, 17, and 20, 2010
Metropolitan Opera
La bohème / Mimì

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