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Anna engaged? No.

UPDATE: A spokesman for Anna Netrebko says that she and tenor Yusif Eyvazov are not engaged. The soprano further “asks that people please respect her wish to keep her private life private.”  

PREVIOUSLY: According to the Facebook page of  (Des Grieux to Anna Netrebko’s Manon in the Rome Opera Manon Lescaut), the two are “engaged.” La Cieca is following up with the proper authorities for an official confirmation of this surprising news.

  • La Valkyrietta

    Engaged for something besides singing together???

    • ML

      Bravissima la Valkyrietta!

      • manou

        Bravissima indeed! I don’t believe a word of it -- on the other hand it would solve the mystery of how Eyvazov was ever hired to sing with Netrebko in the first place.

        Stand by for inevitable denials.

        PS I loved listening to the song -- had not heard it for years.

        • manou

          ….and note how evasive Eyvazov is about the “fiancée”‘s name.

          • Bianca Castafiore

            Did you see his profile picture?

          • Regina delle fate

            Has anyone ever heard him? Is he any good? I must say the name means nothing to me. I’d assumed he was another of Muti’s protégés, but maybe he is Anna’s…..

    • Ilka Saro

      Re Roma non fa la stupida sta sera: a full, grueling 9 minutes bilked from a 2 minute song. But fun to see all the pictures!

    • Bianca Castafiore

      Yes, but there’s a ring next to it… So the meaning seems clear.

      • Ilka Saro

        I prefer this understated rendition

  • oedipe

    Maybe he is “fidanzato” (rather than “engaged” or “fiancé”). In Rome, when people have even the most casual or short term relationship, they are referred to as “fidanzato/fidanzata”.

    • casualoperafan

      That’s true, in Italian “fidanzato means “in a relationship” of some level (dating, seeing other, involved, etc.) rather than engaged.

      • laddie

        Is this Italian for “It’s complicated?”

  • oedipe

    Sorry, OT:

    Surprise, surprise! Just got an SMS from Pleyel:

    Orchestre de Paris concerts on March 12-13: A.Harteros ill, not replaced. New program posted on http://www.orchestredeparis.com

    • Cocky Kurwenal

      Oh dear… one wonders when she will realise that she should probably just not say yes in the first place.

      • oedipe

        One of the recurrent criticisms of next season at the Paris Opera has been the absence from the roster of Anja Harteros -who is scheduled to sing at the BSO and DOB but not at the ONP- and the presence at the ONP of “non-stars” -who are not on the roster at these superior temples of operatic fare- such as Antonacci, Gens or Gheorghiu.
        So, to paraphrase Gordon Gekko, cancelling is GOOD!

        • Feldmarschallin

          So is she singing or not? I went to the sallepleyel.fr and there it says she is singing. Her agent told me a good week ago that Paris is still on. I know she cancelled Essen on Saturday. Oh well glad I can hear her here quite often and will still enjoy Paris and I am glad that I didn’t plan the trip around her.

      • Regina delle fate

        FM will be disappointed, but she can console herself with the thought that AH almost never cancels the Nationaltheater.

        Oedipe -- had you booked a ticket for this concert?

        • oedipe

          Yes, I have. But I have a Pleyel subscription and my only extra cost for this concert is a metro ticket, so it doesn’t bother me all that much. Actually, Paris is having some fabulous Spring weather, so I might just walk to Pleyel…

          Harteros is also scheduled to sing the Capriccio last scene in June at Bastille, with Jordan. We’ll see if she shows up. I have a ticket for that one too, it was a bonus that came with my ONP subscription. I’ve learned my lesson with some singers: I never make expensive plans to see them any more.

          • Regina delle fate

            I hope this means that she is thinking about singing the whole of the Capriccio-Gräfin at some not-too-distant-future date.

          • Regina delle fate

            I never travel anywhere to see a single performance. I’ll usually go for a weekend and see three things, if possible, and I choose on the basis of catching several favourite singers all at once. If one cancels, it’s hard luck, but not the end of the world.

            I used to visit Paris regularly on that basis, but since Joël arrived it has become almost impossible to see two operas over a weekend -- annoyingly the operas in rep are often on at the same time at the Garnier and Bastille -- let alone three. Now I try to combine with the Theatre des Champs Elysees or Opéra-Comique, but the dates don’t always work. Or take the Eurostar there and back in a day for a Garnier or Bastille matinee on Sunday. Can be cheaper than a stalls seat at Covent Garden! :)

        • Feldmarschallin

          That is true Regina and I had a Paris trip planned for around the end of Feb. When Oedipe told me she was singing this concert I decided to wait two more weeks and it would have been an extra bonus but like you said we have her in 5 different roles (if she sings them) next season so that is a consolidation prize. I do understand people who wouldn’t travel to see her but if you do than München is your best bet because she hardly cancels here. And to think I went to San Diego twice and heard her there three times and she never cancelled. Well those were different times I guess and things have changed now. But will think twice now about that Elsa in Berlin :)

          • Regina delle fate

            I have travelled to see her several times -- Munich, Zurich, Milan, Vienna and she has only cancelled twice -- Lohengrin at La Scala, Arabella at the Nationaltheater. But she has cancelled more often than I have seen her at Covent Garden -- Angelica, Mimi, Elisabetta. I’ve seen her as Amelia Grimaldi and Desdemoma at Covent Garden as I missed her single appearance in Don Carlo. I reckon I have seen her a dozen times in all, out of 15 attempts, so my ratio is not too bad. I know of some people who have a 100% fail-rate, however. I’ve had better luck. I did wonder if she would sing all those concerts in Essen. Does she live nearby or something? I assumed she was an adoptive Münchener.

            • Feldmarschallin

              She lives in Bergneustadt not in München. I do sometimes go just to hear one opera like the Elektra in Dresden and La Scala but they have 4 great singers in the cast so unlike all of them to get sick but at my first time at La Scala we all drove down to Italy to hear Alfredo Kraus in Don Pasquale with Serra and we get to La Scala only to see huge posters saying Andrea Chenier. Kraus was sick so they changed the opera but the cast had Carreras, Marton and Cappuccilli so we were not too disappointed and I did hear Kraus in Paris with Anderson in Fille du Regiment which was on a trip (my first to Paris) that also had Salome with Moser who got massively booed and Pavarotti in Boheme. Then on several later trips to Paris I saw Schwanewilms and Garanca in Rosenkavlier and Idomeneo at the Garnier. Then on one trip there was the FroSch, Cardillac with Denoke and Lohengrin with Schwanewilms and Vogt. So you see we Germans do go to Paris to see opera. :)

            • oedipe

              So you see we Germans do go to Paris to see opera.

              As long as it’s not French opera?

            • armerjacquino

              I am currently 0 for 4 with Harteros.

            • ML

              @ Feld, that’s a surprise. I imagined they lived in Starnberg or somewhere similar.

              She must of course have use of a Munich apartment.

            • ML

              @ Oedipe, you’re giving them ammunition … .

            • Cocky Kurwenal

              Was Giannattasio in Boheme a replacement for Harteros? If so, I’m on 4/7 with her. It’d be 3/6 if I hadn’t picked up a return to make damn sure I saw her in Don Carlos last May.

            • armerjacquino

              Giannattasio replaced Byrne who replaced Harteros.

    • manou

      With appropriate irony

      L’Orchestre de Paris joue la Symphonie inachevée de Schubert à la place des oeuvres de Strauss qui devaient être chantées par Anja Harteros.

      • Feldmarschallin

        ML so logiert im Vier Jahreszeiten wenn sie in München ist. Ich hätte auch gedacht wo sie so oft hier singt daß sie eine Wohnung hätte oder ich ware in ihrer Stelle gleich hierher gezogen. München ist ja viel schöner als das Rheinland.

        • Feldmarschallin

          sie logiert

          • ML

            Nicht zu schlecht!

            Gute Reise nach Frankreich :-) … auf dem TGV, oder?

            • Feldmarschallin

              ja Danke 6.28 Abfahrt und 12.30 Ankunft.

            • ML

              C’est parfait. Nous l’avons fait il y a trois ans en première classe, avec un très bon petit déjeuner dans une petite boîte carrée!

  • antikitschychick

    well this is odd lol. If it’s true I hope she is really happy with him and she isn’t doing it because she feels pressured to…congrats to the “happy” couple :-P.

    • antikitschychick

      ok it turns out he isn’t Russian, which makes the whole thing seem more credible lol. Congrats again :-D.

      • oedipe

        Why, Azeris do it better?

        • antikitschychick

          lol not at all…see my response to Cocky below. I realize its all conjecturing on my part and you are free to disagree w me :-D.

          • oedipe

            Well, I am no expert on how Azeris compare to Russians, so I don’t have an opinion…

    • Cocky Kurwenal

      Why would she feel pressured to?

      • Guestoria Unpopularenka

        *cough* beard? *cough*

        • antikitschychick

          Oh you mean she wants to sing Iolanta with him? Could be. But Beczala is already scheduled to sing it w her.

          • Regina delle fate

            Not in London, he isn’t…. :(

          • Guestoria Unpopularenka

            That’s not what a beard is for :D

            • armerjacquino

              So who’s gay in that scenario? Because I’m pretty sure Anna isn’t and I can’t see her playing lavender wife for an unknown. Or, indeed, for anyone…

            • antikitschychick

              lmao I dont think she’s gay Guestoria…don’t know about him…if he is then that’s awfully generous of her :-P.

      • antikitschychick

        because just a few months ago, she very clearly stated in this interview:

        that she wasn’t seeing anyone and didn’t want to because she had found her “happy place”…and judging from the ridiculous (and misogynous) comments about her finding her Russian ‘prince charming’ the interviewer made, I’d say its not implausible that this whole thing is a PR stunt designed so that, idk, she will feel less pressured, or to get back at her ex, or to get ppl talking about something other than her Faust cancellation :-P. I may be wrong of course but other than the appearance together in this Opera, there is no evidence indicating that she and this dude were even dating.

        Just to be clear though, I know its none of my business, as her private life is hers and hers alone, but as a fan and as a woman, I do hope that for the sake of her well being the feelings are genuine. Also, she’s not one to be dishonest, which I find to be one her most admirable qualities. It’d be a shame if that changed all of a sudden…unless its all a hoax, which would render this whole thing hilarious lol.

        • Cocky Kurwenal

          I’m not sure I follow. Maybe I’m more naive than you.

        • Regina delle fate

          “E qual certezza v’abbisogna?
          Avvinti verderli forse?”

        • I don;t get this line of thinking either. Anna was single then but she doesn’t have to be single forever, and why would she want to be if she’s found a great guy?

          • antikitschychick

            I’m not at all suggesting that she needs to be single forever. I just find it odd that she went from single to being suddenly engaged. I understand that she doesn’t owe anyone any explanations, and that perhaps she wants to keep her personal matters as private as possible after what happened w her previous relationship but I still find it odd that there wasn’t the slightest mention of him before. Still, again, if it’s a genuine thing and she’s happy then more power to her.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    Makes economic sense too. So much easier programming soprano-tenor duets for megabucks concerts.

    • antikitschychick

      that’s plausible too lol. But does he sing well enough for that?

    • oedipe

      Taking a leaf from Ange’s book?

  • From his facebook pictures he sure looks hairy--not the kind I’d think she go for.

  • operaassport

    After 3 or 4 posts actually about the topic at hand, we get 30 odd posts about Harteros, a singer almost no one gets to hear live outside Germany. Gotta love opera queens!

    • armerjacquino

      There are 13 posts about Harteros and 25+ about Netrebko. Your maths sucks.

      • armerjacquino

        In fact, when you posted, there were 11 posts about Harteros. So your maths sucks harder.

        • operaassport

          I’ll leave the sucking harder to you :)

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    I was sort of hoping she would get together with Nikolai Baskov

  • antikitschychick

    “A spokesman for Anna Netrebko says that she and tenor Yusif Eyvazov are not engaged.”

    Umm, but does he know that? :-P.

    “The soprano further “asks that people please respect her wish to keep her private life private.”

    Ok, fair enough.

    • ML

      ” … her wish to keep her private life private.”

      Whaaaaat?

    • armerjacquino

      Doesn’t everyone set the boundaries of what is private? “Here’s what I’m prepared to tell you, here’s what’s private to me.” Even if the first part involves press conferences and photo ops and god knows what else, everyone gets to have the second, no?

      AN has every right to say ‘here’s a twitpic of me in the snow’ but also to say ‘I’d rather not talk about who I’m dating’.

  • Cicciabella

    Yusif Eyvazov announces his engagement on Facebook and gets effusive polyglot congratulations from a string of FB friends, including Stefan Kocan. An FB photo shows him embracing Anna Netrebko. Netrebko officially denies being engaged to Eyvazov. We can only conclude that either Eyvazov got engaged to a dead ringer for Netrebko, or that he got engaged to someone else entirely and he uploaded the Netrebko photo to get more Likes.

    • antikitschychick

      or it was a really, REALLY short engagement :-P.

    • antikitschychick

      no but seriously, your suggestion that he is engaged to someone else is probably correct. I think what threw everyone off was the picture with AN but he actually made that his FB profile picture before he posted about the engagement…and since its his profile picture, it appears next to the post about the engagement (which is what made everyone think he was engaged to her).

      In conclusion: we have all been PUNK’D by La Cieca :-P.

      • manou

        Not all of us.

        • antikitschychick

          lol ok *some* of us have been punk’d on this particular occasion, but at some point or another I’m sure all of us have been or will be :-P.

      • Camille

        http://ludingtoncitizen.ning.com/m/discussion?id=4689834%3ATopic%3A74717

        Chica! What does <<<<<<<<3333333, etc. mean?

        I wish you would publish a guia para abuelas as no intiendo nada!
        Muchas gras.

        • manou

          If <3 is "love", then <<<<<<<

          • manou

            3333333 means mucho love.

            (half my comment got eaten).

        • antikitschychick

          yes manou is correct. <3 is supposed to be a heart (only its sideways lol).

          • Camille

            All righty!

            If you all say so, it must be so.

            It’s all Greek 2 me.

        • ML

          We need a guía para lectores for Sra. Camille’s mid-sentence, conjunction-isolating, Olympian language acrobatics.

          Wie war der Scriabin?

          • Camille

            ACH! Weh mir’s! Es tut mir SO leid, aber ich habe ihn verloren!!!

            About two nights ago, my mild annoyance of a cold blossomed suddenly into a full scale last Act of Traviata, und so, impossible to entertain the idea of going, especially as some of the only seats left were on the stage and. $US175!
            So, so sorry as I started really getting interested in m. croche’s octatonic lectures. There is another Kissin Konzert im wunderschönen Monat Mai, which features the Waldstein and a clump of Rachmaninov preludes, so I will try to make that one, as it is more suited to my taste, usw…..

            Tomorrow night is “Lil’ N.A.T.”—Deux C 2U! I will TRY to go to, especially for Auntie Kitschy—Cutsci-Coo Chica.

            There is also Leif-Ove Andsnes coming up next week, with whom I will conslle myself, as he is also quite fine.

            Bestest of all—ZUBIE BABY [Zubin Mehta 2 U!] will be back with a grand Vienna Table of bonbons this coming Sunday!! I shall NEVER forgive that star of Z grade cinema, Nancy Kovack,for stealin’ MY Man from me!

            All of this, only provided that when the time comes I am ambulatory once more.
            Now, back to my beloved friend, the Kleenex tissue box.

            • ML

              Quite understandable. A full-scale last act of Traviata would fell anyone.

              Leif Ove is always good too!

            • antikitschychick

              how wonderful Camille, thanks and I hope you enjoy it! Sorry to hear you are sick…Ive been suffering from allergies for the past month and half myself ugh…its that time of the year I guess.

            • armerjacquino

              Hush your mouth! JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS is NOT Z-grade!

            • Camille

              Child—how do you even KNOW about that mess?? You weren’t even BORN yet!!!!!!!

              I’ll confess to a fondness for Jason and his Argonauts, but not to that witch Medea and those peas of her’n! As Grade Z cinema goes, this was a rather engaging effort, admittedly.

            • Krunoslav

              JASON is ( or was in the 70s and 80s) a staple of cheap channel late night re-runs!

              In re Todd Armstrong ( sic):

              “Briefly a leading man in the 1960’s, formerly trained in drama at the Pasadena Playhouse. ‘Discovered’ by actress Gloria Henry, while working for her as a landscape gardener. Signed by Columbia and cast in the titular role of Jason and the Argonauts (1963). Thereafter, subsided back into supporting roles.”

            • Camille

              ‘Discovered’ in a bed, neither of petunias nor roses!

              Krunoslavsky, were you at Kissin night before last?

    • Bianca Castafiore

      Many folks were congratulating him and Anna, presumably folks that know him personally. So it seems he jumped the gun and didn’t coordinate the announcement with Trebs…

      Oh well, if it doesn’t work out, he can always go out with Olga… I heard she’s single…

      • Cicciabella

        I thought only the over forty crowd couldn’t use Facebook, but Eyvazov doesn’t look older than thirty-eight.

        • armerjacquino

          You’re kidding, right? Facebook is wall-to-wall 40+

          • Cicciabella

            It is, and I’m not kidding. Forty-plussers making faux pas and uploading embarrassing photos on FB is a recurring feature in my social circle. The women usually commit “mutton-dressed-as-lamb” sins, while the men try to use street slang, like their teenage sons, with ridiculous results. And many have no clue what goes public or stays within the FB friends circle. Many are surprised when someone copy-pastes a “for friends only” announcement or picture onto a public space. In short, social blunder jungle.

            • Werd.

            • armerjacquino

              Oh. Your friends sound like idiots. I’m 40 and the people I know are pretty au fait with this whole new-fangled ‘Internet’ thing.

            • fletcher

              Almost makes me miss the Facebook of 2005.

            • Cicciabella

              @armerj and other astounded posters: To clarify, I don’t do Facebook. Still, I regularly hear about ill-advised FB comments, photos, status updates, FB friends uninvited to parties feeling left out, etc., involving acquaintances, old schoolmates and extended family members. Thankfully, not my friends (so far). The beauty of, and problem with, FB is that people now get the lowdown on everyone, including those they would never have kept in touch with before. If all your FB friends and their friends never commit a FB faux pas, then you are very lucky indeed. Unlike Anna Netrebko.

  • williams

    Re.: Whaaaat? Ms. Netrebko is disposed to displays of underwear self portraits in the snow, parading about premieres on vertiginous heels garbed in opulent furs and abbreviated skirts. The night before her Met Lucia debut after watching Dessay we sat at the next table at Fiorello’s while she & I.S. cuddled & fed each other playfully in full view of the dining room. Love her but when i read that an eyebrow arched.

    • manou

      ….or raised?

    • Cicciabella

      I.S.: Igor Stravinsky?

      • Camille

        Irvino Schottie

        • Cicciabella

          Oh, him.

        • Camille

          Yup. AKA “Baby-Daddy”

          Although, come to think on it, I am reasonably assured good old Igor would not have refused any blinis from Anya. He was so fond of talking about “how BeaUtiful his second wife Vera was.

  • williams

    Oops! Puritanni. Dessay was the Lucia.

    • williams

      Oh cripes! I think it was actually Juliette! Oh well I left all my brain cells behind in the 80’s

  • operaassport

    Privacy. Okay. Reminds me of Diana who was always complaining of press intrusion into her life but never missed an opportunity to greet her kids outside her home rather than inside it and regularly called reporters privately to dish dirt on Charles. My celebs certainly do like to have it both ways.

  • La Valkyrietta

    Modern life is confusing. I loved Jeritza’s Rosalinde 1934 farewell gowns at the Met’s Dress Circle, but what on heavens is that Throne sculpture in the Grad Tier? From far it looks like a urinal. The artist is no Marcel Duchamp, but I believe an English chap. I think the British royal family accepted long ago there is no privacy for them, at least since the time of the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII. I understand the wishes of opera singers, but is it realistic to aspire to get more privacy than the Windsors?

  • OpinionatedNeophyte

    This has everything to do with the fact that Opera singers are unique amongst their celebrity peers (whether they be major or minor celebrities). They allow them to be “friends” on Facebook. It is something they all seem to cultivate, perhaps as an answer to the fact that their skills no longer merit the love and adoration amongst the broader public that earlier generations of opera singers enjoyed. And the relationship between opera singer and audience is, well was, particularly visceral. Maybe Facebook and the accumulation of “likes” and heart emoticons function as a way of recreating what’s been lost.

    Unfortunately, this also increases the likelihood of one’s business being dragged out in the street. If Facebook is anything it is *not* private, it is a vast public sphere where people shove pictures of themselves in your face on a regular basis. How can that be private? I feel for Anna, but this kind of stuff is inevitable.

    • armerjacquino

      Interesting stuff- I just posted something on the first page which fits in with this, which is the idea that ‘private’ means different things to different people. It’s perfectly possible to have a presence on FB and keep to oneself the stuff one sees as private, no? “I will put on FB the things I am prepared to share, anything else is mine”.

      A friend of mine was papped kissing someone in the street a few years ago. He appears on TV a lot, gives interviews, does chat shows and publicity stuff, but I still maintain that photo was a gross invasion of his privacy. I know it upset him, the woman he was kissing, and their friends. I’ve had a different view of the whole ‘play the fame game= sacrifice privacy’ thing ever since.

      • -Ed.

        No, sadly it’s not perfectly possible to have a presence on FB and keep one’s private things private. FB has been caught red-handed, successfully stealing private things from their chumps. Er, sorry, I mean users. Here’s one news article, there are many others.

        http://tinyurl.com/kb29acg

  • Benedetta Funghi-Trifolati

    “Fetch me the hydra’s teeth. Quickly!

    Against the children of the hydra’s teeth there is no protection.”

    Jason and the Argonauts also featured Honor Blackman as the goddess Hera, although she was better known as Pussy Galore in the following year’s Goldfinger.

  • Guestoria Unpopularenka

    Seems like someone will be doing a singing tour of Siberia very soon :D

  • DonCarloFanatic

    Either this guy is engaged, or he is not engaged. Has anybody determined yet which it is?

    Or is this FB using Google Translate and mangling what he wrote as his status?

    • Quanto Painy Fakor

      There’s a big difference between fidanzata and engaged. He should have just kept his mouth shut.

      • Guestoria Unpopularenka

        And his pants up :O