Watch: Anna Netrebko warms up for Aida

August 3, 2017 by norman lebrecht


The diva has posted video footage of her rehearsal with Riccardo Muti.


Becoming Aida…

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Comments (26)

  1. heifetz 63 says:

    Staging seems to be the old limelight stuff. And the Maestro on Autopilot.

    1. Olassus says:

      On autopilot? It’s been forty years since he last conducted it.

    2. Anon says:

      Oh come on. It’s going through it in a rehearsal, you shouldn’t be expecting the magic of the show, it just doesn’t work that way.

  2. Alexander says:

    she is gorgeous

  3. herrera says:

    Oh please, Lord, don’t tell me that’s dark makeup she has on to make her look Ethiopien.

    Basta blackface in opera.

    1. Olassus says:

      It’s monochrome, Herrera.

      1. herrera says:

        Googling “Netrebko black and white photo”, she looks many, many shades lighter in those photos.

        If Kaufmann can do an Otello “for the ages” as critics have raved, without self-tanning spray, Anna, you can too.

  4. Richard CraIG says:

    there is only one Aida for me the defining one Leontyne Price

    1. Olassus says:

      Aidas since Leontyne:

      Aaron, Beňačková, Branchini, Brown, Chiara, Dessì, Dragoni, Eaglen, Fantini, Freni, Gallardo-Domâs, Guleghina, Harteros, He, Kasrashvili, Lewis, Millo, Monastyrska, Moore, Netrebko, Serjan, Stemme, Stoyanova, Studer, Sumegi, Sweet, Tokody, Troitskaya, Urmana, Voigt and Yeo.

      1. Alexander says:

        ….. and my favourite prodigy is to be very soon, I think 😉

        1. Ungeheuer says:

          Where did prodigy sing her first Senta recently?

          1. Alexander says:

            your e-mail s.v.p. 😉

          2. Ungeheuer says:

            Alexander, why can’t you say it in public? Why the mystery?

          3. Alexander says:

            I’m afraid next time I won’t be able to grab my favourite seat if I say it aloud here 😉 😉 😉 any way the venue is of top international standards – acoustically, aesthetically and professionally ( at least when I attend )

  5. Ungeheuer says:

    Recall that long before Anna Netrebko, long before the hyperventilating days of instant social media exposure, there was someone by the name of Cheryl Studer singing the part.

    Aida – Cheryl Studer
    Radamès – Dennis O’Neill
    Amneris – Waltraud Meier
    Amonasro – Robert Hale
    Ramfis – Kurt Rydl
    Il Re d’Egitto – Harry Dworchak
    Messaggero – James Anderson
    Sacerdotessa – Jennifer Trost
    19 January 1996, Munich, Nationaltheater, Chor und Orchester der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Roberto Abbado

    1. Alexander says:

      have you any thoughts what she is doing now ? ( have already had a look at her page in Wikipedia)

      1. Ungeheuer says:

        Don’t know. But should give you an idea.

        1. Alexander says:

          boring 😉

          1. Ungeheuer says:

            Not boring at all. Once anyone sings professionally for so long, especially sopranos, over 40 years in her case, it is only fitting that a switch to less demanding rep should happen. Look back in history. It’s in the tradition. Important voices can bring to life roles that are considered minor or secondary. Same thing happens in spoken theater.

          2. Alexander says:

            I found – she sang at Bazel opera house where my fav prodigy sang Leonora in “La Forza” , it’s a destiny 😉 😉 😉

          3. Alexander says:

            I said “boring” having in mind the search at Operabase 😉 – you are correct with switching – the voices are changing ( as they call it) – do agree

  6. John says:

    I love these posts. They always bring out all the know-it-all Beckmesser crowd one-upping each other.

  7. Thomasina says:

    What a Diva ! Really breathtaking…

  8. martain smith says:

    Do any acute ears detect a “wobble” in her mid-range?
    If not, a specialist should be consulted!

  9. martain smith says:

    Well, one must give her 10 points for courage to post this!

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