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Weltstardiva Anna Netrebko plays a basement in Greenwich Village next month when she headlines “Russian Exoticism: From Folk Music to Prince Igor,” a concert at Le Poisson Rouge. On Wednesday, January 15 at 8 p.m., Netrebko will join three stars of the Met’s new production of Prince Igor—bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov, who sings the title role, mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, and bass Stefan Kocán—for arias from the Borodin opera… plus “folk songs from the outer reaches of the Russian borders and beyond.”

  • Satisfied

    I was just going to post this…after I bought my tickets that is!

    Can’t wait — this is going to be incredible!

  • antikitschychick

    But Stefan Kocan is Slovakian :roll:. Well ya know what, if the Met can be dubious and politically incorrect about ppl’s nationalities then so can I :-P :-P :-P.

    • Well, that surely would be included in “the outer reaches of the Russian borders and beyond,” even if Stefan were from Mars.

      • antikitschychick

        lol but doesn’t that refer to the rep they’ll be singing rather than the singers themselves?

        • armerjacquino

          Confused. Who has said he was Russian?

          • antikitschychick

            No one, but they didn’t specify he isn’t Russian and since the program will mostly be comprised of “exotic” Russian folk music, its very easy to just assume he is Russian (for ppl that don’t know otherwise).

            • antikitschychick

              I was just joking though. If he doesn’t have an issue with it its fine.

    • pavel

      If you want to pick nits, technically Abdrazakov is a Bashkir and Rachvileshvili a Georian.

      • oedipe

        And BashkirOV is a Russian born in Georgia…

      • Milady DeWinter

        And technically, imo, Rachvileshvili is a one-trick pony, and that Carmen schtick is getting tired. Maybe Russian exotica & folk will display her voice to better effect than those losuy Carmens. Sorry. Me no like the Rach much.

        • Milady DeWinter

          “Lousy” Carmens.

        • oedipe

          Rachvelishvili will sing Dalila in Orange next year.

          • pobrediablo

            No need for a haircut. A look at Medusa ahem Dalila will suffice :D

          • oedipe

            Oops, in 2015, that is (it’s already 2014 for me, I guess).

    • Gualtier M

      Too bad they couldn’t get a deep contralto like Larisa Dyadkova into the mix or Mrs. Abdrazakov, Olga Borodina.

      BTW: there is a picture on Stefan Kocan’s Facebook page of Stefan smiling happily and looking totally in his element hanging around in street clothes with Mariusz Kwiecien and Pavol Breslik. Do they all having something in common? :)

      • pobrediablo

        Where is that picture. I don’t see it :P

      • Bianca Castafiore

        “Do they all having something in common? :)”

        Do you mean, other than that they inhabit your dreams?

        Is Mariusz standing on a box or something? Isn’t he sort of short and Stefan very tall?

        • oedipe

          No, Stefan must be kneeling (Pavol isn’t taller than Mariusz, I don’t think).

      • Bianca Castafiore

        Don’t you mean the former Mrs. Abdrazakov?

        • pobrediablo

          I’m happy for him. Borodina is said to be a bad person.

          • Gualtier M

            I think they remarried. They are back together Olga and Ildar. Sorry girls.

            • pobrediablo

              He’s stupid then! lol

          • marshiemarkII

            But hadn’t Ildar taken up with Erwin after those super campy pictures of them, in gay gay gay black leather get-ups, at that Studio 54 cabaret (or whatever it was) last year?

  • Constantine A. Papas

    Slavonic opera singers identified with each other as “compatriots,” regardless geographic confinement. It looks like a fun event to attend.

    • pobrediablo

      That’s not true. It may apply to ex-Soviets but not those that were not in the USSR.

  • Netrebko is already going preliminary publicity for the event:

    • Clita del Toro

      No comment.

    • A Notary

      Does everyone know how outrageously hysterical this YouTube is? Brava!

      • DonCarloFanatic

        Oh my god. It’s like every bad dance number of the “cool” era rolled into one. And there ought to be a law against a white woman singing like this.

  • The Conte

    She’s “ingolata” and has little vocal dramatic presence to make up for it.

    • The Conte

      Sorry, my above comment refers to Rachvelishvili.

    • pobrediablo

      I dont like her either but to her credit, she got rave reviews for Tsarskaya Nevesta recently.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    Video of the horrible disaster in London -- ceiling of the Apollo Theater collapses with audience in place.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-25458009#

    • Batty Masetto

      Frightening. I hope all our London friends are safe.

      • armerjacquino

        Have been glued to the news channels. At the moment it seems as if there were no fatalities, but seven seriously injured and close to a hundred walking wounded. The FOH staff of the Apollo and nearby theatres have done a brilliant job- the foyers were used for a kind of triage as far as I can tell. Be kinder to the person who tears your ticket next time you’re late or don’t like your seat.

        • manou

          Well I was at the Barbican (Richard II). The ceiling stayed up but David Tennant brought the house down.

          • papopera

            FAIL !

        • bluecabochon

          What a traumatizing event for everyone involved, and at this time of year, which makes it extra-awful.

  • laddie

    and the beat goes on…congratulations to all in New Mexico for becoming the 17th state to legalize gay marriage! YeeHaw!

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

  • Gualtier M

    Meanwhile at the Bolshoi the 54 year old Maria Guleghina unveils a new Verdi role (this is way better than that “Merce dilette amiche” that has been making the rounds…)

    httpsv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Meh-u6EHcI

    She uses some chest here (could use more without harm) but this is the type of role she ought to be doing.

    • Krunoslav

      To state a lady’s age, Gualtier!

      Next you’ll reveal what the dendrochronologists learned about La Castafiore…

      http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Imgs/Gif/Projects/TreeRings/cross_dating.gif

    • Gualtier M

      linky stinky:

      • antikitschychick

        aside from the awfully screechy high notes lol I agree this is pretty good. The Abigail she’ll be singing down here in a couple of months will probably be a real hoot as that role has killer tessitura. :-P.

        • Rimma Civetta

          Guleghina was rather disappointing at the premiere (17 dec). In this production men quite outshine women. Philip is excellent, and de Posa has stolen the show completely. Both men are amazing. I was so overwhelmed -- tomorrow I’m going to see it for the second time :D

          • antikitschychick

            Haha nice! Hope you enjoy it :-D.

          • Bianca Castafiore

            Where is this? And what is the rest of the cast?

            • Rimma Civetta

              It’s Bolshoi :)
              I’m afraid, the rest of the cast won’t say you much :) : Dmitry Belosselsky (Philip), Igor Golovatenko (Rodrigo), Veronika Jioeva (Elisabetta), Andrea Care (Carlos)

            • Rimma Civetta

              BTW, our conductor is Robert Trevino.

  • Gualtier M

    BTW: Goldstar is offering discounted tickets to several performances of “L’Elisir D’Amore” with Weltstardiva Anna Netrebko herself. Registering with Goldstar is free:

    http://www.goldstar.com/e/78037

    Several January dates offered. If this wasn’t the awful, awful Bart Sher production I might be tempted. But last year was enough. Also Anna will be performing with Erwin.

  • Bianca Castafiore

    Guess who was seen leaving the Met tonight as the crowd filed in for tonight’s Tosca????? None other than Mariusz, walking and talking with another man and two women… I guess they had gone in for dinner? Or to visit the shop????? Is he scheduled for anything soon at the Met??????

    • dr.malatempra

      Guess it depends on your definition of “soon”. Puritani with Brownlee in April, 2014

    • StageLefty

      A baritone, walking AND talking… simultaneously!! Show-off. (And it’s why we love him. Partly.)

    • Krunoslav

      Maybe he is the “star cover” for Belcore?

  • pobrediablo
    • marshiemarkII

      que te pasa perrita, que sabes tu de Stepford gurls :P

      • pobrediablo

        Why is Muti’s raggedy-a** face on the cover of Otello?! I demand answers.

      • marshiemarkII

        Par for the course cara, Solti would do the exact same thing, with the CSO as well. His mug is on every recording or libretto cover!

        • pobrediablo

          But those were different times.

        • MontyNostry

          When Decca released Ballo in the 80s there were huge shenanigans because Solti wanted his picture solus on the cover and so did Pavarotti. I see that the compromise cover (and, boy, is the compromise evident) is still in use, probably to keep the two artists’ estates happy.

          http://www.deccaclassics.com/gb/cat/4102102

          • pobrediablo

            Conductors should be above those things. Do not appreciate it.

  • zinka

    It is sold out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • pobrediablo

    What a Chrysothemis!!

    • Feldmarschallin

      She has to have the sexiest voice in all of opera.

      • pobrediablo

        Attitude, too.

  • pobrediablo

    Alex Penda celebrated 25 years since her debut with a concert in Sofia tonight. The program included Non piu di fiori, Bel raggio, Nel di della vittoria, and Dance of the seven veils. Your divas could never :D