Every voice type is special, but being born a soprano is a special talent for which one simply has to be grateful. And if you are as brilliant as Anna Netrebko, then you have hit the jackpot. Although sopranos are often not regarded as real musicians, you can only testify that the appearance of the Russian opera soprano at your event will always be a winner for the day.
Although opera patronage has largely declined over the last century, the efforts of great opera singers such as Anna Netrebko, Joan Sutherland, Cecilia Bartoli, and Placido Domingo should not be quickly forgotten. Here you will find facts you need to know about Anna Netrebko.
Who is Anna Netrebko? Biography
Born as Anna Yuryevna Netrebko on September 18, 1971, in Krasnodar, Krasnodarskiy Kray, RSFSR, USSR, Anna is best known as a Russian soprano who was born as an opera singer from a geologist, father, and mother who was a communications engineer. Like many talented singers, Anna began singing as a child. During high school, she sang in a traveling musical troupe and also studied piano.
Actually, Anna Netrebko started her singing career in the 1990s after a two-year training at a music academy, after which she studied at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory (then Leningrad Conservatory). There she worked as a caretaker at the Mariinsky Theatre before she was discovered by an opera director, Valery Gergiev. She made her opera debut at the Mariinski Theatre, where she played Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. This came after she won first prize in the prestigious Russian Mikhail Glinka Singing Competition in 1993. Although she originally wanted to become an actress, her singing teachers helped her to recognize her beauty as a singer. With the great support of her director Valery Gergiev, whom she considered her mentor, Anna managed to take on several prominent roles at the Kirov Opera, so that she was given the leading role in the opera, Susanna. Her roles include Pamina in The Magic Flute, Amina in La sonnambula, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor.
In 1995 Netrebko made her debut in the United States and took on the title role of Lyudmila in the production of Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila at the San Francisco Opera. After her successful singing career, Netrebko became a frequent guest singer in San Francisco, as she was also known as an interpreter of other Russian opera roles, such as Louisa in Engagement in a Monastery, Natasha in Prokofiev’s War and Peace, and Marfa in The Tsar’s Bride.
In the 2000s Anna played several roles in several operas. She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the Met premiere of War and Peace, sang her first Donna Anna in the production of Don Giovanni, sang Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata in Munich and took on the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Los Angeles Opera and so many others. During this time she released her first album, Opera Arias. Anna’s second album, Sempre Libera, was released in 2004. In 2008 she was named “Musician of the Year” by the magazine Musical America.
Starting in 2010, Anna Netrebko had further performances, starting with the role of Norina in Don Pasquale on November 13, 2010, at the New York Metropolitan Opera House, followed by her title role of Anna Bolena at the Vienna State Opera. Her success in the music world has earned her numerous prizes and awards, including the State Prize of the Russian Federation. She has even been recognized by the Austrian government, which named her “Kammersängerin”, and Time Magazine included her in the Time 100 list in 2007.
Who is Anna Netrebko’s Husband?
Anna met her first love in 2008. Although there were no details about how the two met, her fans were shocked when she announced that she was married to Erwin Schrott, an Uruguayan bass-baritone. On 5 September 2008, the couple welcomed their first child, a boy they named Tiago Netrebko. About five years later (in 2013) the couple announced their separation, leaving Tiago in the care of his mother Anna.
News of Anna Netrebko’s relationship with the Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov broke out in February 2014, and a few months later they announced their engagement. Yusif Eyvazov was born in Algiers, Algeria, and is known as the son of an Azerbaijani university professor working abroad. Netrebko and Eyvazov were officially married on 29 December 2015 at Palais Coburg in Vienna in the presence of great singers such as the Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo.
As a successful opera soprano, Anna is said to have net assets of an estimated $7.5 million, which is about $17,000 per performance. Her annual salary is estimated at $600,000. Her great performances include the role of Juliet and Lady Macbeth in the seasonal big-city productions of Shakespeare’s two plays, Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. She has earned the nickname La Bellissima due to her huge worldwide fan base.