Anna Netrebko sings “Tvajo malchan’je nepan’atna” from Iolanta earlier this evening at the Liceu, Barcelona.
May I just add my fervent prayer and wish for this Iolanta to materialise at the MET, for I, too, fell head over heels in love with this lovely work, and with no foreknowledge thereof, on the one and only occasion I heard it.
Bring it ON, Anna! Just burn that dress first! Not your colour!
For the Iolanta at Salle Pleyel last November (with a different orchestra and a mostly different cast), she wore a stunning princesse-style strapless dress that is ideal for her current figure. And the fabric was to die for: a pale pink crêpe inlaid with a dark pink thread like those marbled carnations (only finer and in relief). And BTW, she sounded great, this role is a perfect fit.
Oops, stop the italics after “Iolanta”.
Yes, pink; no, orange.
I’m underwhelmed, ah well.
Lovely singing, very sensitive, and she looks beautiful. Thank you for posting this.
This duo was the best moment vocally and expressively in the entire performance. She started rather cautiously. The duet was very good and by the end of the opera she already sounded a little bit hoarse, because apparently she run out of ressources. Anyway, I guess Iolanta is the best thing Netrebko has done so far. She certainly is more comfortable with her native Russian. She gives so much more sense to the words than in Massennet or belcanto. Besides, Iolanta isn’t too long and is not too demanding. And not popular enough, so that she doesn’t have dozens of legendary sopranos to be compared with. Being a soprano who (still) relies more on the generous nature of her vocal material than on a solid technical sustain, a role like this is best suited for her. May she have the intelligence NOT to sing Norma, Lady Macbeth or other similar roles…
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