The american newspaper "NY Post" visited Anna at her apartment in New York. Nice article, hope you enjoy it.
I think that she looks already much more slim, Bravo Anna ! ; )
OH, baby! Can this calm Madonna be Anna Netrebko - the fiery Russian soprano with the stiletto boots, champagne tastes and wicked tongue?
Apparently it is. And while the late-night parties, champagne and cussing have, at least for now, yielded to home, Haagen-Dazs and lullabies, "the voice," she says, "is there."
She proved it Monday in "Lucia di Lammermoor" during a performance one critic called "spellbinding." It was her first Met appearance since the birth four months ago of "the Schrott tot" - the son she had with hunky Uruguayan bass-baritone Erwin Schrott.
At their apartment near Lincoln Center - their other place is in Vienna, where they're stars of Brangelina magnitude - the singers call each other "mi amor" and share child-care duties for little Tiago.
Schrott bustles in the kitchen, fixing bowls of ginger-carrot soup, as Netrebko offers me a throne-like MacKenzie-Childs seat she calls "the diva chair."
It's a far cry from three years before, when news that Avery Fisher's cafe had no champagne was met with a ringing cry of "Bastards!"
At the time, the then-34-year-old told The Post, "I don't see any possibility right now to have a family."
Enter "Don Giovanni" - one of the few operas that gets a soprano and a bass-baritone together. It was there, at a performance in London, she said, "I met the love of my life, and he wanted also to have a baby."
She sang into her sixth month, making her final, pre-Tiago appearance in Paris as Juliet in Bellini's "The Capulets and the Montagues."
"They did a great costume for me," she says. "Nobody could see I was pregnant, except when I was lying down, dead. Then you could see the bump."
Bumpy, too, she confesses, was the period following the birth.
"The first two weeks were hell for me," she says. "Really hard, when I finally realized how my life has changed, how I couldn't do the things I did before, and I don't have a mother to help me."
Even so, she says, postpartum blues had no bearing on her interpretation of Donizetti's love-crazed Lucia.
"You can play madness differently every time," she says. "It depends on the production, what the director wants."
The biggest challenge, she adds, was stepping into the same role "two great sopranos" - Natalie Dessay and Diana Damrau - had just done before, "so I [had] to find something different and special."
Also difficult, says the former size 5 - who literally turned cartwheels a few seasons back in "Don Pasquale" - was getting back into shape, especially with a freezer full of ice cream. ("It's forbidden," she laughs. "I'm also drinking a leetle, but not as much as I used to!")
Lucky she lives with her personal trainer.
"My husband is working me out two or three hours almost every day, and he's really kicking me!" she says. "I have just the belly - the rest of it is OK."
She raises her Escada skirt to reveal a glamorous set of gams.
"See?" she says. "The legs are still the same!"
Thanks to Rhodri for the information !
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