Netrebko books the Royal Albert Hall

Netrebko books the Royal Albert Hall


norman lebrecht

February 18, 2015

She’s coming to sing Iolanta in June. Take an oligarch friend.

Press release below.

netrebko iolanta

U-Live and the Royal Albert Hall are proud to announce a concert performance of Iolanta on 24 June 2015. In a rare appearance on one of London’s concert stages, renowned Russian soprano Anna Netrebko brings to life one of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s lesser known operas, a work full of irresistibly enchanting melodies.  Emmanuel Villaume will conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Anna Netrebko, the grande dame of bel canto, is recognised as one of the most outstanding sopranos gracing opera stages today. Adored by music lovers across the world for her voice and irresistible charm, Netrebko is no stranger to interpreting Iolanta, having first sung the role in 2009 in her native St. Petersburg.  Since then, she has performed it all over the world, including an 11-city tour in 2012.

Anna Netrebko opened the 2014-15 season of the Metropolitan Opera with a fully staged production of Iolanta and in January, Deutsche Grammophon released a live recording of the work to critical acclaim.

Iolanta, Op. 69, is a lyric opera in one act by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky that received its premiere on 18 December 1892 in St. Petersburg.  It tells the story of a blind princess whose deeply protective father, King René, has kept her oblivious to her lack of sight and her royal status.  But this fantasy world is about to be unveiled by the unforeseen arrival of Count Vaudémont, whose love for Iolanta does much more than bring to life new emotions in the young princess.

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  • esfir ross says:

    Netrbko’s not a great Iolanta, screaming upper register, but she’ll attract listener to this less known in the west Tchaikovsky opera.

  • Dimas says:

    Do you separate culture from politics? Would you support a favorite musician who stands publicly in support of a repressive, criminal government?

    The group “Arts Against Aggression” has taken a stand against Russian artists who support Putin’s regime. We have protested Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Spivakov, Denis Matsuev and Anna Netrebko in many cities across North America.

    Russian musicians, actors, artists, dancers, writers, who support Putin’s regime now know that wherever they go, “Arts Against Aggression” around the world will meet them, shame them, and let the world know of the odiousness they stand for.

    I hope British music lovers will also meet and greet Netrebko in the Royal Albert Hall.

  • Dimas says:

    Examiner: “A wave of protests accompanied Russian opera singer Anna Netrebko and conductor Valery Gergiev throughout the string of their North American performances. Both of them earned the ire of Western audiences for openly endorsing Vladimir Putin’s forcible annexation of Crimea and covert invasion of Ukraine. Gergiev signed the controversial “letter of support” for Putin’s aggression, while Netrebko fraternized with terrorist leader Oleg Tsarov, who was sanctioned by both the U.S. and the EU. Tsarov was sanctioned by the United States as a person who poses a threat to national security”.

  • Milka says:

    One can only hope she gets the reception she deserves.

  • mld says:

    She usually gets standing ovations from the audience. That’s indeed what she deserves.

  • Merle Bernard says:

    She is the greatest “performer” on the classical world stage today. Saw “Iolante” “La Boheme” &”Eugene Onegin”. Absolutely thrilling and she is seriously hot.

  • Milka says:

    Her Met Iolanta was dreadful ……….