Eyvazov gets extras at the Met

Eyvazov gets extras at the Met


norman lebrecht

September 20, 2019

The tenor Yusif Eyvazov, who likes to keep busy at the Met while his wife is centre-stage, has got himself four extra nights as Calaf in October’s Turandot revival.

Roberto Aronica has pulled out ‘for personal reasons’.


Performances in the second half of October will be sung by Riccardo Massi.


  • Caravaggio says:

    With her voice on an upward trajectory in the direction of tatters, Netrebko has been increasingly acting as floating global intendant on behalf of her husband. Where she sings, so does he, whether you like it/him or not.

  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    His wife may be good, but then you watch & listen to Maria Callas at the height of her career, then you put her into perspective. There were greater singers in the past.

    • Olassus says:

      Callas’s career ran from about 1945 until about 1956 before vocal decline. Netrebko has been singing at the height of her powers since 1995, or more than twice as long. Role-count: Callas 36, Netrebko 34.
      Not that it’s a horse-race.

      • Tristan says:

        don’t be ridiculous to compare Callas with Netrebko! There are worlds between them! Never ever would Netrebko comes close to Callas but let’s be happy she is around!

    • Alviano says:

      In every performance the best singer is the dead one.

    • Stuart says:

      Yes, there were great singers in the past, but to say that singers in the past were greater than singers today is an empty comment. If you want to hear opera in an opera house, those singers in the past are dead and not performing. If you are only listening to opera on CDs, then fine, stick to your Callas. I love Callas in many roles, but I go to the opera today to hear the singers of today. Comparisons like this are really quite useless. Netrebko beats Callas if you’re looking to hear someone alive in the theatre. Callas can’t compete because she is dead. Have you even heard Callas live or are all of your experiences through audio recordings? Also, Netrebko has managed her career and vocal resources far better than Callas did in her shorter career.

      • Novagerio says:

        “Netrebko beats Callas looking to hear someone alive in the theatre” – Uhummm!!! …Callas was a consummate artists who didn’t need teleprompter, and she didn’t breath between the words, despite an occasionally worn out voice (!) – I mean, who re we kidding?!…

        • Stuart says:

          you totally missed the point…

        • Jb says:

          If no teleprompter, Callas always had a prompter. She was known for feeling unsecure without one, even if she probably did not really need it. You can hear that on many live performances. And she never took the risk to sing in German (which was why the teleprompter was needed in Netrebko’s case). When she sang Wagner it was in italian. So your “points” are definitely not serious.

        • ASteven says:

          La Callas couldn’t see a teleprompter. She was extremely short-sighted

      • Tristan says:

        you must be joking…..only one year of Callas would have beaten Netrebko!
        Maria is peerless in every roles she sang as she did simply more than that

  • Ramon Figueroa says:

    Singers have always been compared to the previous generation of performers. It’s about standards. Do younger performers meet the requirements set in the past? Do they improve on them, technically or dramatically? Today, we have recordings as a good reference for such a discussion. Netrebko doesn’t really measure up, but she is exciting, and live opera desperately need that.