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When she has sung her songs

Given Anna Netrebko‘s continuing success at the Met in Macbeth (as evidenced by an mid-scene “brava” in last night’s Sirius broadcast), it’s time to think about the future—specifically her local assignments for next season.  

According to that Almanac of the opera queen, the Future Met Wiki, La Netrebko is scheduled to add Il trovatore to her Met repertoire next season, which is as it should be. But her habit in recent seasons has been to do two operas each year at the Met. She was at one point listed next season for Don Pasquale, but obviously that opera is silly for her now. So Anna seems to be missing one opera.

Now, at one point apparently the Met was planning to do Mefistofele next season, and that has (just as apparently) fallen through. The cancellation of this opera would leave Ildar Abdrazakov and an Italianate lirico-spinto tenor (Ramón Vargas?) with nothing to do during that time period.  Abdrazakov sings Banco and most tenors sing Macduff. (Vargas has not so far as I know, but the part is certainly within his powers.) So if the Mefistofele timeframe coincided with Netrebko’s TBA dates, then the company could revive Macbeth for say six performances or so.

It would certainly sell. The production this season is the closest thing the Met has seen to a hit in years. The house was packed last night on Yom Kippur, and I have not heard cheering like that in a long time.

So, should Anna repeat Macbeth? Or what other repertoire do you, the cher public, think appropriate for Anna’s triumphant return?

Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

  • schweigundtanze

    I would love to see/hear her do the Marschallin at about 50. I think she would be devastating dramatically.

    • Guestoria Unpopularenka

      She doesn’t do German.

      • Lohenfal

        Guestoria, I read over the summer that she is planning to sing Elsa, at Bayreuth no less. She also recently performed Vier letzte Lieder of Strauss in a concert. There was some discussion of her performance on this site. A future Netrebko Marschallin could take place, improbable as it might seem.

      • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin

        German media has reported that Bayreuth will have a new “Lohengrin” in 2018 with Alagna and Netrebko. 2015 will be the last year for the 2010 Neuenfels production, presumably with Vogt and Dasch again.

    • Sopranissima

      Sorry, but i am german and a huge richard Strauss admirer. Netrebko does not have the command of german language, nor is she interested in my mother tongue at all ! singing Strauss without being fond of german regarding its meaning for the words -- is worst ! Marcel Prawy -- the great opera lover and Host of so many austrian tv shows -- once said that R. Strauss cannot only be sung and no german teacher can teach Netrebko how to fill the wonderful libretto OF Hofmannsthal with soul and understanding. Unfortunately she will sing Elsa in Lohengrin. but being no Wagner admirer and afficionado, this does not trouble me. but my beloved Rosenkavalier ´- sHE does not have to sing everything, you know. And I am afraid, her Marschallin would only be looking lovely but this is not the main thing about her…

      • DeepSouthSenior

        This is interesting, especially since Anna N. is an Austrian citizen. But, then again, a US President said several years ago, “I don’t know what the term is in Austrian.” So I guess Anna may not get to hear much German after all.

        • Guestoria Unpopularenka

          She’s an “Austrian” for ease of travel reasons. And is permitted to hold a double citizenship thanks to her buddy Vova Putin.

    • becca

      I just got back from tonight’s Macbeth.
      As far as a suggestion for roles for her to sing,
      How about Anna sing Macbeth again, only this time with consonants.
      She doesn’t do German… and she apparently doesn’t do Italian with consonants.

      There was some lovely music tonight, Pape, Calleja, and even Lui after his voice warmed up.

      Burns me up to see Donald Palumbo taking a bow… Raymond Hughes never did that, and I miss him… the chorus is slipping since he left.

    • becca

      sorry…. meant to reply here

      I just got back from tonight’s Macbeth.
      As far as a suggestion for roles for her to sing,
      How about Anna sing Macbeth again, only this time with consonants.
      She doesn’t do German… and she apparently doesn’t do Italian with consonants.

      There was some lovely music tonight, Pape, Calleja, and even Lui after his voice warmed up.

      Burns me up to see Donald Palumbo taking a bow… Raymond Hughes never did that, and I miss him… the chorus is slipping since he left.

      on October 8, 2014 at 11:24 PM

  • The_Kid

    How about some Menotti, then?

    The Consul

    Magda: Anna Netrebko
    Secretary: Jamie Barton
    Mother: Dolora Zajick
    John: (Placido Domingo??? LOL)
    Foreign Woman: Aprille Millo

    Amahl and the Night visitors

    Mother: Anna Netrebko
    Amahl: ??? (turned into a trouser role, maybe?)
    The three kings: Tommy Hampson, Placido Domingo, Ramon Vargas.

  • The_Kid

    ….or some Czeck stuff, maybe?

    Jenufa

    Jenufa: Anna Netrebko
    The Sexton’s Widow: Dolora Zajick
    Laca: Botha??
    Steva: Jonas Kaufmann
    Grandmother: hmmm….Aprille Millo, again? :P

    Katya Kabanova

    Katya: Anna Netrebko
    The merchant’s widow: Stephanie Blythe
    Boris: Larry Brownlee
    Tichon: Jonas Kaufmann