Netrebko: I have no further plans for Bayreuth

Netrebko: I have no further plans for Bayreuth


norman lebrecht

August 07, 2019

The diva, who ducked out of next week’s Lohengrin, has let it be known she has nothing in the diary involving the Wagner festival in future.

That debut may never happen.

Meantime. she’s recovering from the cancellation at a family party in Azerbaijan.

(Looks like she won’t be playing Armenia either any time soon.)



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  • kundry says:

    Who cares? Enough already!

  • Olassus says:

    No, surely not. She was allowed to contract for just two dates in a role she already knew, so the festival couldn’t have made it easier for her. And she blew the chance.

    • Yes Addison says:

      Even “knew” is stretching it. She had sung Elsa for four dates in Dresden three years ago with the aid of a teleprompter, and not since, to my knowledge. German is her worst language of the ones she’s sung, and she was arguably the weakest link in the Dresden cast. Her comments in interviews don’t make it sound as if Wagner is a composer she’s especially drawn to.

      We will see if she keeps her plans to sing that Bolshoi/Met co-production of Lohengrin.

      • Michael in MO says:

        I think you’re mostly right about her and the German language, which she’s never properly learned despite becoming an Austrian citizen (on paper at least). That makes the rumors that she will sing Salome at the Met in two seasons hard to believe. Vocal demands notwithstanding, Salome is a very text-heavy role…

      • Bogda says:

        She sang it once or twice in Mariinsky, right after Dresden, but that’s it

  • Gustavo says:

    Twilight of the goddess

    Abgang statt Brautgang

  • Alexander says:

    Wagner was fine and never mind it …. I’m still curious when will she sing Norma …. Now she is completely prepared for it ….

    • Kathryn Boussemart says:

      Hahahaha! She will never sing Norma. She is lazy!!!! The Russian Mafia needs hard cash to buy her career and things are tight right now after they threw so much money at Olga Peryatko’s career.

      • Alexander says:

        judging from your answer you were a bit excited when you were typing ( psychology, just a business, nothng personal 😉 – it only means her name has a meaning for you 😉
        P.S. …as for me – I say again – she is always a good girl…. and Chopard of Geneva(Switzerland) is certainly one of those “Russian mafia” members- for sure 😉 Others are Opera de Paris, the Met, Covent Garden, Wienna Opera, La Scala etc 😉

    • Martin Smith says:

      Are you a masochist, by any chance?

      • Alexander says:

        …..when someone tries to diminish others using affront or same it only shows that the person has a low self-esteem.Apparently this person desperately needs to raise it though in such an add form. I wish you well 😉

        • Martain Smith says:

          Judging from your response to KB and MS, you appear to claim a certain knowledge of psychoanalysis. If so, why automatically classify masochism as an affront? It may be a pleasurable option – and it’s a World of free choice!
          However, (assuming you read music) take music copy of Casta Diva (one is limited to the aria and cabaletta since Netrebko has no full rendition of the role on YouTube), and compare Ponselle, Callas, Cerquetti, Sutherland, Caballe (and others) with Netrebko (and take the “live” versions out there, where available – all technically undoctored).
          Follow just the basics – the intonation, the phrasing, the composer’s markings, etc. (not even considering dramatic interpretation)
          …and thereafter you will hopefully get the point.

  • Novagerio says:

    It should actually be the other way around, darling…

  • John Rook says:

    Not sure whether Bayreuth has any plans for her, either…

  • Andrew Trechak says:

    The world will go on spinning.

  • Edgar says:

    Nur eines will ich noch – das Ende!!!

  • Peter says:

    Me: I could not care less

  • Kevin says:

    Me either. I am sick to death of Netrebko and her pronouncements. It’s time for the media (including SD) to be as done with her as she is with Bayreuth.

  • Mick the Knife says:

    Please stop, this is like the Chinese water torture and Netrebko is the water.

  • MacroV says:

    Well, since she’s not known to have sung Isolde or Brunnhilde, I doubt there’s much she has to offer Bayreuth.

  • Vladimir says:

    I would not waste a penny on the Bayreuth Festival any more. Have not been any good productions since Weiland Wagner ran it.