Just in: Anna Netrebko will dance in La Scala’s new Macbeth

Just in: Anna Netrebko will dance in La Scala’s new Macbeth


norman lebrecht

November 29, 2021

Among the attractions rolled out at this morning’s press conference for La Scala season-opening Macbeth is the unexpected late extra that Anna Netrebko will perform a dance in her role as Lady Macbeth.

The choreography is by Daniel Ezralow.

The show is set in a modern city, externally resembling New York. The interiors are pure Milano, inspired by architect Piero Portaluppi. The set designer is Cristiana Picco.

Luca Salsi is Macbeth.

Riccardo Chailly conducts.

The director is Davide Livermore.




  • A.L. says:

    Good, I guess. Next best thing next to a wobble, rock bottom intonation and monochromatic.

  • bet says:

    1) It’d be nice if she learned to sing first.

    2) Brings a whole new meaning to the term “triple threat”, as in, your singing and acting are bad enough, please, please, don’t torture me with your dancing as well.

    3) I’d love to see her dance to the lines
    “I have given suck, and know
    How tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me.
    I would, while it was smiling in my face,
    Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums
    And dashed the brains out”

    Even Verdi didn’t set that line to music.

  • Concertgebouw79 says:

    I will never forget the end of last year gala with Luca Salsi and the other singers for the end of Guglielmo Tell. Maybe the only good thing that happenned in 2020 this 7th in Milan. We don’t talk enough of Luca Salsi. Two years ago he was fantastic for Tosca.

  • gulio says:

    That’s unbelievable great news.
    What kind of dance?

  • Lothario Hunter says:

    His pet baritone betraying him for Chailly.

    Scenes designed by Portaluppi.

    And now, Anna the Divine dancing.

    Eat your heart out, Muti!!

    Nothing left for you to do except trying the Mummy curse 🙂

  • IP says:

    But not sing, hopefully?

  • Y says:

    I’m confused. Netrebko is now 50 years old, but this article is written as if seeing her dance is some sort of special treat. Granted she has aged better than many 50-year-old women, but I have no interest in seeing her dance.

  • BRUCEB says:

    Just for a second, as I started to read, I was afraid that the last word of the headline would be “SALOME.”

  • Vanessa says:

    What awful, abusive, spiteful comments about Anna Netrebko. Misogynistic and ageist. They should be removed. She’s a natural, talented dancer, is an Opera Diva (I’ve seen her live in Adrianna Lecrouver and Il Trovotore) and she’s a wonderful actor.

    • John Cavanagh says:

      Good for you Vanessa. These trolls are gutless, envious, because they have no talent, and never will.

    • Nijinsky says:

      Vanessa: is being an opera singer truly singing roles that are attractive, but not suited to the voice, making a whole populace so addicted to celebrity dreams think that’s making it and not only forget what singing really is, but also….? Sorry I’m at a loss for words.

      And what does this have to do with acting? Is that then also denying whether the actual vocal lines are suitable for her voice? Should someone else be singing the voice part so she can do her “acting?”

      YES! When she did Donizetti roles, like Anna Bolegna, that was perfect, and her acting is 100% natural, and superb. But over gorging herself in celebrity pampering to do stuff she would otherwise feel robs her of a full experience, when the music was not written for her voice, doesn’t work for her voice, and the rest…..

      There’s indeed a loss, and it’s NOT because she hasn’t gorged herself, it’s because she has stepped away from what she wanted to do, and that’s to sing…..

      It’s just like the amount of silly Hollywood movies, which are supposed to be about acting, when they aren’t…..

      What’s misogynistic and ageist, is that there always have been women, and elderly that know better, don’t need the media game to feel they are making it, and end up in the sidelines, while….. or others who have just simply given up.


    • Nijinsky says:

      And I’m sorry, but one only has to look at the faces Ann pulls trying to get her voice to sing something it’s not really meant for. I don’t think that’s good acting either. As much as it fulfills an ambition or desire she’s aiming for.

      I really only wish her the best, and don’t approve of the kind of mud slinging that goes on here. But she’s not singing stuff that is in line with what kind of voice nature gave her. And whatever insecurities she’s trying to battle fulfilling these desires, she’s only finding fault with people that know better, when they try to point out how she’s singing stuff not meant for her; although she puts than in line with who ever caused her insecurities, which one DOES find in the nasty posts here.

      She has an incredible ability to relate to a character, and was told she would amount to nothing when studying voice, but right now she’s getting in the way of herself, although she’s already proven others wrong who tried to make her think she would amount to nothing.

      However, she’s not someone that always shows exceptional sensitivity in what she says all of the time. For example her response to the history with Domingo, who ALSO sang stuff not meant for his voice, because he could get away with it.

      White washing those giving her leeway without looking further into whether it’s for her own good, or what goes on or went on with that person…..

      That’s really quite typical, certainly in the “entertainment” world.

  • Vanessa says:

    These are totally inappropriate, unacceptable, abusive comments about one of the best ever Sopranos. This is pure misogyny, racism, ageism, sexualisation. The sexual references are disgusting. How have these ever got through ‘moderation’?

  • Michael P McGrath says:

    OMG! Another so-called diva making a farce of opera. Would she just please spare us her nauseating antics?

    • Jackson says:

      How can you use the word ‘nauseating’ without having seen her onstage?

    • Tom Ponti says:

      Noone is forcing you or anyone else to see Netrebko in anything, so keep your hateful and idiotic comments to your pathetic self. Anna is a Star Diva, You are a nobody!