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EDITORS’ NOTES

The renowned soprano embraces staples from the verismo works of Verdi, Puccini, and more in this affectionate study of the immortal Italian realism style. Her performance of Giordano’s “La mamma morta” is somber and impassioned, and reinforces why she is one of the most compelling sopranos in the industry.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The renowned soprano embraces staples from the verismo works of Verdi, Puccini, and more in this affectionate study of the immortal Italian realism style. Her performance of Giordano’s “La mamma morta” is somber and impassioned, and reinforces why she is one of the most compelling sopranos in the industry.

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Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5

11 Ratings

Hmmm

Afuerte,

There is NO Verdi on this recording like the moron said above me. Obviously some opera literature is needing to be reinforced to the fella. Simply the best! Anna has come a long way and I am so excited to hear this album!

All of Act IV of Manon Lescaut! Verdi?

jmlchemist,

Fantastic album! Very excited that all of act IV of Manon Lescaut is on here. "Sei tu che piangi" was so well done (the high C's were great, not always achieved elsewhere!).
But iTunes, when did Verdi become a Verismo composer? (Afuerte, see iTunes review, it's quite obvious that Verdi's not on the album, and why should he, he wasn't a composer of the verismo style, my point, duh!) He was a precursor for the genre, but just because he was still alive to hear Puccini doesn't make, say, Aïda Verismo! iTunes once again fails at understanding our rich musical history...

About Anna Netrebko

Anna Netrebko earned international acclaim in both the opera world and the German pop charts for her highly controlled, crystal-clear soprano voice and her charismatic stage presence. Netrebko was born in Krasnodar, Russia, on September 18, 1971. She attended the Conservatory of St. Petersburg, where she worked as a floor cleaner in her spare time. It was in virtue of her custodial work, not to mention her vocal talent, that she attracted the attention of conductor Valery Gergiev. He became her mentor, and helped Netrebko land her debut role as Suzanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. After holding down several more leading roles with the Kirov Opera, Netrebko made her American debut in 1995, playing Lyudmila in a San Francisco Opera performance of Ruslan and Lyudmila. She went on to tour the globe, holding down lead roles in War and Peace, La Boheme, and I Capuleti e i Montecchi.

Netrebko made her debut at the Met in 2002 in the role of Natasha in War and Peace, and the following year released her first full-length album, Opera Arias. Another album, Sempre Libera, hit stores in 2004. Netrebko continued to tour heavily over the next few years, garnering praise from critics throughout the world for her performances in Romeo et Juliette, La Traviata, and I Puritani. She often played roles opposite the Mexican tenor Rolando Villazon during this time. In 2006, Netrebko's third release, Russian Album, hit stores throughout Europe -- the same year she became an Austrian citizen, citing the difficulty of traveling as a Russian citizen. Russian Album peaked in the Top Ten on the German pop charts, paving the way for the release of another album, Duets (featuring Villazon), which came out early in the following year. Netrebko made her Carnegie Hall debut a couple months after the album was released. As Netrebko's popularity grew, she began regularly releasing albums designed to appeal to a crossover audience -- collections of familiar arias (2007's Opera), folk and salon songs (2008's Souvenirs), beloved Russian numbers (2010's In the Still of Night) -- as well as performances of complete operas to please classical purists.

In 2013, Netrebko revealed that she had relocated to New York City, sharing an apartment with her son and her sister. She released two albums that year: a collection celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi and a new recording of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem. ~ Margaret Reges

  • ORIGIN
    Krasnodar, Russia
  • BORN
    Sep 18, 1971

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