She combines carnality, beauty and voice
Wistfulness and joie de vivre: Opera gala with Anna Netrebko
Cause of the world class voices it could be the concert of the year, when the Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and the Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel enter the stage of the Laeiszhalle on 09th September.
The young diva is after her baby break - junior Tiago get one year old this Saturday - in the best of voice, how her first concerts and avid critics show. Recently she already took the risk, normally rather chary with such things, to give a Liederabend with Daniel Barenboim as piano partner at the Salzburger Festspiele, which makes totally other demands on the creativity of a voice as the more robust singing at the opera stage.
The "Süddeutsche Zeitung" attested her aside from a "adorable pianissimo": "The always balmy undercoat of her voice got still darker, fuller. Maybe she had to force the highs a little bit more then before, but she is there - immaculate and clear." And talks of the "magnificent sound intoxication" of her exuding voice.
Anna Netrebko got even more self confident. She knows, that her voice changes; her already velvet dark touched soprano gains incremental on dramatical format, but she also uses her strong point, which catapulted her into the soprano fach world league: the incomprehensible homogeneity over the whole vocal range - without least traces of index change. She is really take to it like the duck to water, if the arias are about Russian wistfulness and foaming joie de vivre.
In Hamburg she sings the coming Wednesday at the Laeiszhalle - and world class vocal perfection will be there twice: With Bryn Terfel assists Netrebko one the bigs at the bass-baritone fach. He sings - the program has meanwhile been completed - arias out of Gounod's "Faust", Wagner's "Tannhäuser" and Puccini's "Tosca". Anna Netrebko adds inter alia a scene out of Glinka's "Ruslan and Lydmilla", gives the "Barcarola" at the Markusplatz in Venice out of Offenbach's "Les contes d'Hoffmann" its wistful passion back and sings also "Un bel di vedremo" out of Puccini's "Madame Butterfly".
Both are accompanied, and also the Russian mezzo colleague Ekaterina Semenchuk who joins at this gala, by the Prague Philharmonia Orchestra and the Prague Philharmonic Choir, under the direction of Emmanuel Villaume.