Anna Netrebko

News circulating confirms that Russian soprano Anna Netrebko is to sing at Monte Carlo Opera after being dropped by Met Opera. A confirmation of the hire of Anna Netrebko by the Monte Carlo Opera was made as she is now scheduled to sing Manon Lescaut from April 22 to 30th 2022.

You would recall that Anna had announced that she would retire from concert life in 2022. However following, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Anna’s performances at the Metropolitan Opera were cancelled following her refusal to publicly distance herself from Vladamir Putin.

Anna is scheduled to play the role of Manon Lescaut at Monte Carlo Opera Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, a role initially given to Maria Agresta. She was equally replaced by Ukranian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska in the Met Opera’s Pucchini Turandot scheduled for April 30, May 3, 7, 11 and 14th 2022. Although he condemned the war at Ukraine, she refused to mention Putin

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Despite a turbulent gestation – the expectations of Giacomo Puccini will have overwhelmed the nerves of several librettists – Manon Lescaut draws the burning portrait of the first of her “little women”. They are the ones that will mark Italian opera at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century with an imprint as deep as that left by its illustrious predecessor: Giuseppe Verdi.

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If Manon d’Auber and Massenet stick to a very French reading of Abbé Prévost’s novel, that of the Italian composer aims directly at the heart with a realistic depiction of the real stakes of the drama. Even if the scene of Saint-Sulpice at Massenet opens a window on the impulses that animate the heroine, it is indeed Puccini who will captivate the public with his openly sensual reading, underlined by a lush orchestra with an uninterrupted melodic flow. Manon appears there unvarnished in the face of her intimate dilemma: choosing material comfort or the satisfaction of her carnal pleasure.

Anna Yuryevna Netrebko is a Russian operatic soprano who had an active international career and performed prominently at the Salzburg Festival, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, and The Royal Opera. She has been an exclusive artist for Deutsche Grammophon since 2002. She has won multiple Echo Klassik Awards, and was included on Time 100 list in 2007. She was named People’s Artist of Russia in 2008, and Austrian Kammersängerin in 2017.


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