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Anna Netrebko’s first US Traviata in SF and La bohème film in US theaters

On June 13,
Anna Netrebko
returns to San Francisco Opera – where she made her US debut in 1995 in Glinka’s Ruslan
and Lyudmila
– to
sing her first U.S. performances as Violetta Valery in Verdi’s La

Maestro Donald Runnicles, a longtime colleague of Netrebko’s, conducts in his final production
as Music Director of the San Francisco Opera. It has been five years since the
Russian soprano last performed with the company, where she was once a young
artist in the Merola Opera Program.  Opera fans will recall her portrayal
of the Verdi heroine in the internationally acclaimed 2005 Salzburg Festival
production by Willy Decker, which is available on DVD and on
CD in both highlights and full-length
versions (the latter of which received a Grammy nomination in 2006).  San
Francisco Opera’s Marta Domingo production of La traviatastarring Anna Netrebkoopens on Saturday, June 13, 2009, with further performances onJune 16, 19, 25, and 28. 

Netrebko next comes to the US in December for a new Bartlett Sher production of Les contes
the Metropolitan Opera; those not able to wait until then for their Netrebko
fix will be rewarded in September when a feature film of Puccini’s La
starring the Russian soprano and tenor Rolando Villazón, is released in theaters in select
markets across America.  The movie
is directed by Oscar- and Emmy-nominated director Robert Dornhelm and was filmed
in early 2008 in Vienna. 

theatrical trailer for La bohème can be seen at

to Emerging Pictures, the film’s distributor in the U.S., La bohème is scheduled to be shown in
theaters in select cities on September 23 and 24.  Deutsche Grammophon will release a highlights version of Anna Netrebko’s
acclaimed recording of the Puccini opera to coincide with the film’s
screenings.  The full-length
version of the recording, which was released in the U.S. last fall, is used as
the movie’s soundtrack.

The Times, in its review of 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 Mimi’s wistful phrases with
grace and sensitivity.”

More details regarding the film’s release will be
announced in the coming weeks.  Updates
regarding the exact schedules and locations, as well as a list of participating
venues, will be posted at

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Netrebko: recent press features 

soprano Netrebko prepares for ‘La Traviata’ in San Francisco

San Jose
Mercury News
– June
9, 2009

By Richard

Netrebko lights up stage in ‘La Traviata’

The San
Francisco Examiner

– June 8, 2009

By Jason
Victor Serinus–47172207.html

Netrebko, coming to SF, has taken the opera world by sultry storm. Here’s how

– June 7, 2009

By Edward

Netrebko: new and recent releases


CD and
deluxe CD (Deutsche


Works by G.
Charpentier, Dvorák, Giménez, Grieg, Guastavino, Hahn, Heuberger, Kálmán,
Léhar, Lloyd Webber, Messager, Offenbach, Rimsky-Korsakov, R. Strauss

Garanca, Piotr Beczala, Andrew Swait; Prague Philharmonia / Emmanuel Villaume

September 2008

Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi
2-CD set (Deutsche Grammophon)
Anna Netrebko, Elina Garanca, Joseph Calleja, Robert Gleadow, Tiziano Bracci;
Wiener Symphoniker / Fabio Luisi; Wiener Singakademie
Released May 2009

La bohème

(Deutsche Grammophon)

soundtrack of the opera movie (highlights version)

Netrebko, Rolando Villazón, Boaz Daniel, Nicole Cabell, Stéphane Degout,
Vitalij Kowaljow; Symphonieorchesterdes Bayerischen Rundfunks / Bertrand de
Billy; Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Coming September

Anna Netrebko: upcoming appearances

June 13, 16, 19, 25, & 28, 2009
San Francisco Opera
La traviata /

July 18, 21, 24, & 27, 2009
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden
Iolantha / title

August 12, 2009
Mannheim Rosengarten
Recital (pianist TBA)

August 17, 2009
Salzburg Festival
Recital with Daniel Barenboim

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, 23, 2009
Opera de Paris
L’elisir d’amore
/ Adina

December 3, 7, 11, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30, 2009; January 2, 2010
Metropolitan Opera
Les contes d’Hoffmann / Antonia

20, 24, 26, 29; February 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 2010

Opera de

Idomeneo / Elettra

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

21C Media Group, June 2009

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