21C Media Group confirms: “Soprano Anna Netrebko and bass-baritone Erwin Schrott have amicably ended their relationship after six years because of their ‘demanding schedules and the resulting constant time apart,’ Anna Netrebko said in a statement. She added, ‘We treasure the time we spent together and of course remain devoted parents to our son, Tiago. We are also committed to honoring our scheduled joint professional appearances and to continuing the charitable work of our foundation. I am now happily focusing on my life as a mother and my career as a singer.’ There will not be any further statements, and Ms. Netrebko respectfully asks for privacy at this time.”
La Cieca hears that the Ravinia Festival in 2014 will do a novel take on Strauss’s Salome, setting the work in Milan’s celebrated “Casa di Riposo per Musicisti Giuseppe Verdi.” Featured in this unusual performance will be the recently-nubile Patricia Racette in the title role, with Gabriele Schnaut and Wolfgang Schmidt as her
In a press release, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein at Düsseldorf has announced the cancellation of its controversial new production of Tannhäuser after “many” audience members at the premiere claimed they had to seek medical attention for “psychological and physical stress.” The weasliest words follow the jump. Read more »
… is Anna Netrebko, performing “Vieni, t’affretta” from Verdi’s Macbeth at tonight’s opening gala at the Mariinsky.
“Her letter scene was glorious, and her final meeting with Onegin beguiling. Netrebko leaves nothing to be desired vocally and is a consummate artist as well.”
On the final night of her farewell engagement at the Café Carlyle, cabaret legend Elaine Stritch took a few questions from the audience.
Following up on last night’s information dump of the (overdue?) Met season announcement for 2013-2014, La Cieca has obtained a somewhat more detailed rundown.