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Winter afternoon’s dream

Netrebko in recitalStandard fare threatened to dominate the final weekend of February at the Met: a routinely-cast revival of Cav & Pag plus two recent productions by the house’s favorite Eyre-head. But then there were also two extraordinary opportunities to indulge in divadienst of the “An(n)a-in-excelsis” genus—Saturday offered another chance, announced only 24 hours earlier, to sample Ana Maria Martinez’s unexpected Butterfly, then Sunday afternoon brought Anna Netrebko’s exceptional, sold-out sui generis all-Russian recital.  Read more »

Divas, they’re just like us

IRTJust when La Cieca thought it was impossible for her adoration for Anna Netrebko to grow any more abject, she has run across this photo on Facebook. Yes, that’s right: today, less than 24 hours before her New York debut recital, Anna, with son Tiago and sister Natasha, took the 1 train down to Canal Street for an afternoon of shopping and noodle-slurping in Chinatown.

Of what I dream in the quiet afternoon

Anna NetrebkoAnna Netrebko‘s sold-out recital at the Metropolitan Opera House on Sunday afternoon will be broadcast on SiriusXM Met Opera Radio, channel 74. Those Annamaniacs who do not currently subscribe to SiriuxXM may want to take this opportunity to register for a 30 day free trial of the service. A glimpse of Anna’s recital dress follows the jump. Read more »

Anna Baden Baden

What Elsa?

“The snow glows white on the mountain tonight, not a footprint to be seen…”

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Anna Wedding

Klyatvy byli skazany

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Yusif Eyvazov, who were married in Vienna just now.

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Turandot Netrebko

Ice ice baby

Now, understand, this is the snippiest of snippets, but it is indeed the first hint of Anna Netrebko‘s Turandot!

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We have voices now.

Out here in the dark

This is the tenth season of the Met’s HD broadcasts, not that I would know it.

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Trovatore

Man of steel

“This throwback to the golden age of opera—superhuman singing greeted with frenzied ovations—was a function of a perfect storm of excitement.”

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Trovatore_curtain_call

The gleam of his smile

A clearly moved Hvorostovsky basked in the moment and momentarily broke character to acknowledge the love.

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talks

The puff preliminary

Anna, Bart and Peter talk about the Met’s new season with the always engaging Michael Cooper of the New York Times.

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