Just in: Salzburg reunites Kaufmann and Netrebko for Easter

Just in: Salzburg reunites Kaufmann and Netrebko for Easter


norman lebrecht

March 16, 2023

Nikolaus Bahler has just rolled out his aggressively neutral Salzburg Easter festival.

The semi-unbanned Anna Netrebko will join Jonas Kaufmann in Amilcare Ponchielli’s La Gioconda, conducted by Antonio Pappano. it will be Netrebko’s role debut, for what that’s worth in present circumstances.

Pappanno will also conduct the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Verdi’s Requiem.

Peace on earth.


  • A.L. says:

    These folk have no ethics or morals whatsoever. It is all about their advancement and remuneration.

  • Carl says:

    Sickening, but not surprising from a festival that’s in bed with Gazprom and which has hosted Teodor Currentzis’s orchestra (whose funds are tied to the Kremlin).

    Sadly, this really won’t hurt them and news media outlets will send critics to review the concerts like it’s business as usual.

    • Waltraud Becker says:

      What a NONSENSE!!!
      Easter Festival has nothing to do with Summer Festival and the Russian friend Correnzis and Gasprom!
      Please: first check before spreading lieys

      • Tristan says:

        You are so true and full of embarrassing mistakes here as always – shame on you for so much nonsense

    • MJA says:

      Your comment suggests you don’t know what you’re talking about, Carl. In those circumstances, it’s generally better not to burst into print.

      • Carl says:

        Your comment suggests that you’re a Russian troll, MJA. In these circumstances best to go back to supporting brutal wars on sovereign countries.

  • Wond'ring says:

    Can she actually sing Gioconda?

  • Doc Martin says:

    I was planning to book Tannhauser then I saw a wee snippet of the production and changed my mind. Besides Salzburg empties your bank account.

    • Tristan says:

      it’s sold out so don’t worry and you don’t seem to go for quality as the cast plus excellent orchestra and conductor is unique at the moment
      Best is you stay where ever you are

  • Bloom says:

    Austria is rather a pro-Russian country.

    • EricB says:

      So what ? There aren’t enough pro Ukronazis countries ?

    • Don Ciccio says:

      And so is Hungary. Hmmm…, Austria + Hungary, when did I hear that before?

      • Bloom says:

        I guess Austria’s proRussian inclinations are more subtle . The subtler they are, the more they stink though.

        • GIanni says:

          That’s why an Italian orchestra and a British conductor perform at the private Salzburg Easter Festival. Actually they are all Austrians and therefore prone to subtle, but stinky “proRussian inclinations”. 😉

      • Sue Sonata Form says:

        It’s where Beethoven and Brahms lived and where Haydn, Schubert and Mozart were born and lived.

        • Bloom says:

          Come on, it s about protecting oligarchs’privileges. Great music is just facade. And musicians , star musicians, are very well paid clowns.

        • Bloom says:

          I don’t consider Anna Netrebko necessarily a Putin supporter , but her presence in this Salzburg context is probably required by Russian oligarchs who are very much thriving on Austrian smelly hypocrisy.

        • Bloom says:

          She should stay away /have stayed from Salzburg. Because the Russian oligarch connection is too explicit. But the money must be so big, the mafia so powerful, that they, the stars, just cannot refuse.

      • Gianni says:

        Probably in the good old times. 🙂

    • Gianni says:

      Sure, Santa Cecilia is a famous Austrian orchestra, Sir Anthony Pappano is a famous Austrian conductor, and the audience at the Easter Festival is full of Austrians … 😉

  • Don Ciccio says:

    Et tu, Tony Pappano?

  • Karin says:

    Artists are not politicians. Allow them to practise their art and do not slander them. It is difficult enough for them to make a living.

  • Novagerio says:

    Why all these political talk in every single Netrebko post?
    The absurdity here is that both Netrebko & Kauffmann are severely undercasted in Gioconda…

  • Esme says:

    Spring 2024…in these stormy days one year ahead is too much time..let s see if he will show up and she ll be able to show up