Anna Netrebko’s claim yesterday that she was never going to rehearse six weeks again for an opera drew howls of mirth from some of our maestro friends. One said the last time he saw her put in six weeks was around the turn of the century. Another thought she had imbibed too much of the Gergiev world view, which maintains that no rehearsal is often best.
Colleagues were quick to point out that Anna is far from being the worst rehearsal dodger.
One diva notoriously allocated just six days to a Munich production, while in Paris – which for some reason struggles to secure top voices – a celebrated tenor recently managed a new opera on no more than a walk-through.
Someone once said, work is what you can get away with.
C’est la vie.