℗ © 2013 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin Under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Anna Netrebko, soprano
Rolando Villazon, tenor
Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
Already one of the most anticipated classical albums of 2013, this sumptuous, all-Verdi programme is Anna’s heartfelt birthday tribute to the master of Italian grand opera, with selections from Il Trovatore
, I vespri siciliani
, Don Carlo
and Giovanna d’arco
. This is music of emotion, power and extraordinary drama – personally selected and performed by the best-selling soprano of the 21st century.
2013 marks Anna’s ten years as a solo performer, and ten years with Deutsche Grammophon
. Netrebko lays claim to the tragic repertoire of Italian grand opera: A decade on from the award-winning Opera Arias
, Anna reunites with specialist Verdi conductor Gianandrea Noseda to continue this extraordinary musical journey.
Reviews. . . a newly darkened, larger-sounding voice . . . In the amazing sleepwalking scene, Lady Macbeth is between two worlds -- the deranged mists of the subconscious and the misguided logic of her reality. Verdi felt it should be sung in an ugly voice, a task foreign to Netrebko. Still, pouring out a gorgeous, aubergine tone, she imbues the character with an ethereal mix of strength and vulnerability . . . it's more than enough to make opera fanatics curious over the prospects of seeing Netrebko inhabit the role for the first time on stage . . . there is an instrument of great beauty and an actress who can command a stage . . . She'll take some of the roles on this album to the opera stage soon. That's where her mark might truly be made in this challenging, dramatically intricate music. For now, with Verdi, we have a fascinating opening act.