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Princess in captivity

A first glimpse of Anna Netrebko‘s styling for her role debut as Aïda at Salzburg. [Instagram]

Tragedy tonight

I always approach an opera by Richard Wagner with a touch of trepidation. First you really need to be paying attention to the text because his characters are talking, talking talking. Loquacious to a fault.  Read more »

From the sublime to the stentorian

W.C. Fields used to have a funny trope about in show business you should never work with children or animals. To that list should perhaps be added the soprano Anna NetrebkoRead more »

She’s just a lady with a song

Note to naysayers: there is nothing wrong with this singing!

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What dreams may come

La Cieca is assured by one of her most reliable mavens that a 2018-2019 production of Lohengrin at the Met looks like a definite “go.”

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Conspicuous consumption

On Thursday evening, the Teatro alla Scala audience didn’t watch the familiar presentation of a “wayward woman” who overcomes moral inferiority only to be robbed of happiness when she finally deserved it.

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Questa donna conoscete?

Last week Anna Netrebko sang in concert Violetta’s first act aria from La traviata, an opera she will return to her repertoire at La Scala on Thursday of this week.

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Start the revolution with me

La Scala’s 2017-2018 season will open with a new production of Andrea Chenier starring Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov.

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And see if I can be rebirthed next Thursday afternoon

Anna Netrebko has become Edina Monsoon.

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Not since the Zodiac Killer…

“Marlis Petersen, in her first shot at the role, is as complete a video Violetta as Rosanna Carteri, Marie McLaughlin or the young Angela Gheorghiu, and as riveting as Teresa Stratas or Anna Netrebko.”

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