Opera Lively is pleased to announce that Anna Netrebko has granted us a short exclusive interview. Really short. Very short. But hey, it's Anna! We're very honored anyway! We love her! And it's exclusive, just for us! We thank her agent, Mr. Sean Michael Gross, for facilitating the exchange. Questions were authored by Almaviva and Soave_Fanciulla. [Added later: by now, we also have a full, long, in-person interview with Anna Netrebko; click [here] to read the long one.]

    Picture: © Opera Lively by Almaviva

    Singer: Anna Yuryevna Netrebko (Анна Юрьевна Нетребко)
    Fach: Full lyric soprano
    Voice characteristics: both high and deep, lustrous and velvety
    Moniker: "La Bellissima"

    Born in Krasnodar, Russia - dual citizen of Russia and Austria
    Lives in Vienna with secondary residences in Salzburg and New York City
    Married to Erwin Schrott, bass-baritone
    Child: son Tiago Aruã Schrott

    2008 Musician of the Year (Musical America)
    Reigning Diva of the 21st Century (Associated Press)
    Top 100 World Personalities (Time Magazine)
    State Prize, Russian Federation
    Ambassador, SOS Children's Village

    Operatic Debut at the Mariinsky Theater as Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), mentored by maestro Valery Gergiev
    Amina, Rosina, Pamina, and Lucia with the Kirov Opera
    Queen of the Night in Riga
    Russian repertoire as Lyudmila, Natasha, Louisa, Marfa
    Bel Canto and Romantic repertoires as Gilda, Mimi, Giulietta, Elvira
    Major successes as Natasha (Met debut in 2002); Donna Anna in Salzburg and Covent Garden; Violetta in Munich, Salzburg, and Covent Garden; Giulietta at Covent Garden and Paris; Juliette at the Met; Manon in Berlin; Lucia at the Met; Norina at the Met; Anna Bolena in Vienna, at the Met, and at La Scalla, and she is scheduled for Manon at the Met in April 2012.


    • Opera Arias
    • Opera
    • Duets (With Villazón)
    • Sempre Libera
    • Russian Album
    • Souvenirs
    • In the Still of Night
    • The Mozart album
    • La nozze di Figaro - Highlights
    • Rossini: Stabat Mater
    • Prima donna - First ladies of opera
    • Puccini gold
    • Puccini: La Boheme (Soundtrack Highlights)]
    • Violeta: arias & duets from Verdi's La Traviata (CD/DVD)
    • Stabat Mater - A Tribute to Pergolesi (CD/DVD)
    • The Berlin Concert - Live from the Waldbühne DVD
    • The opera gala - Live from Baden-Baden DVD
    • Gala concert from St. Petersburg DVD
    • The woman - The voice DVD
    • A Mozart gala from Salzburg DVD

    Complete operas on DVD

    Ruslan and Lyudmila
    Bethrotal in a Monastery
    La Traviata
    L'Elisir d'Amore
    Le Nozze di Figaro
    I Puritani
    La Bohème
    Lucia di Lammermoor
    Don Pasquale
    Anna Bolena

    Complete operas on CD

    Ruslan and Lyudmila
    The Love for Three Oranges
    Bethrotal in a Monastery
    La Traviata
    Le Nozze di Figaro
    La Bohème
    I Capuleti e i Montecchi


    [Opera Lively interview # 2]

    Dear Anna Netrebko ‘La Bellissima,’ we at Opera Lively are thrilled that you have honored us with granting us an interview for the launching of our web site. Thank you, and here are the questions:

    Opera Lively - Reviews and blogs have been very complimentary of the fact that unlike some singers whose voices show wear and tear and worsening vocal defects with the passage of time, your voice and technique constantly improve (they’ve been talking about your new trill and your fuller voice). What have you been doing to be able to always get better and better?

    AN - [Laughing] Well, I have no idea. I just read a beautiful review that said that my voice is way too small, I have no good technique, no high notes, and my trill is absent.

    OL - Are there any stage directors who are a pleasure to work with? If yes, what do they do that is different and help you in performing your roles? Can they be as useful to your acting as a conductor can be to your singing?

    AN - The director has to love music and has to love the piece that they’re going to put on the stage. That’s it.

    OL - Let’s talk about balance. Having a spouse and a small child as well as a busy international career, how do you manage your work-life balance?

    AN - Of course, it’s not easy, but I am managing it.

    OL - And what about your balance on stage, between acting and singing, emotion and technique, breath control versus singing upside down like in the 2005 Salzburg Traviata? How do you prepare yourself for this kind of challenge?

    AN - Honestly, I don’t know. I just do it.


    Opera Lively's comment: Small voice? No good technique? No trill? Opera Lively disagrees. Anna is great!
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. MAuer's Avatar
      MAuer -
      Looking forward to this interview!
    1. TxllxT's Avatar
      TxllxT -
      Now I'm starting to understand why Alma began this Operalovely !
    1. Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)'s Avatar
      Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) -
      OK, folks! It's in! Short, but it's Anna! I'm happy!
    1. Ann Lander (sospiro)'s Avatar
      Ann Lander (sospiro) -
      Short but very nice and 'exclusive' which is exciting for the site. Lovely photograph as well.
    1. Amfortas's Avatar
      Amfortas -
      Short, but revealing nonetheless. Even though she's made such gains in her vocal technique, she still gets reviews that trash her as a matter of course. It's the high cost of being in the public eye, especially as an opera singer, and even more especially as such a big-name star. Always the lightning rod!
    1. Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)'s Avatar
      Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) -
      Yes, the current Opera News (just arrived yesterday in the mail) has a last page article by the Wall Street Journal critic that bashes Anna and her Anna Bolena at the Met. I attended the opera live, and didn't see any of what this critic saw. Of course singers may have good days and bad days, and yes, her interpretation on the DVD from Germany was better than in her Met performance that I attended, but the criticism is too harsh and unjustified. I think these critics believe that if they put Anna down, they'll be seen as not being influenced by her beauty and star power. They think it is chic to criticize Anna. Baloney, I say. She is a fine singer.
    1. MAuer's Avatar
      MAuer -
      She's in good company. The Opera News reviewer for the Met's Faust wasn't all that complimentary toward Jonas Kaufmann.

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