Every voice type is special but being born a soprano is one special talent you just have to be grateful for. Additionally, if you turn out as shiny as Anna Netrebko, then you have hit the jackpot. Although sopranos are often not seen as proper musicians, you cannot but attest to the fact that having the Russian operatic soprano perform at your event will always make one’s day.
Although opera patronage has decreased to a large extent in the recent century, the efforts of great opera singers like Anna Netrebko, Joan Sutherland, Cecilia Bartoli and Placido Domingo cannot be forgotten in a hurry. Here are 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 opera singer born to a geologist father and a mother who was a communications engineer. Like many gifted singers, Anna started singing as a child. While in high school, she sang in a travelling musical troupe and also studied piano.
Anna Netrebko actually started her singing career in the 1990s after a two-year training at a musical college after which she joined the St. Petersburg State Conservatory (then the Leningrad Conservatory). There, she worked as a janitor at the Mariinsky Theatre before she was discovered by an opera company director, Valery Gergiev. Her operatic stage debut was at the Mariinsky Theatre where she played Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. This was after she won the first prize in Russia’s prestigious Mikhail Glinka vocal competition of 1993. Although she initially wanted to be an actress, her voice teachers helped her see her beauty as a singer. With great support from her director Valery Gergiev, whom she considered as her mentor, Anna was able to take several prominent roles with the Kirov Opera to the extent that she was given the opera’s leading role, Susanna. Among her roles include Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Amina in La sonnambula, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor.
In 1995, Netrebko made her United States debut taking up the title role of Lyudmila in a San Francisco Opera production of Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila. Following her successful singing career, Netrebko became a frequent guest singer in San Francisco as she was equally known as an interpreter of other Russian operatic roles, such as Louisa in Betrothal in a Monastery, Natasha in Prokofiev’s War and Peace, and Marfa in The Tsar’s Bride.
In the 2000s, Anna performed several roles with several operas. She debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in the Met premiere of War and Peace, sang her first Donna Anna at the production of Don Giovanni, performed as Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata in Munich and took the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Los Angeles Opera and so many others. Within this period, she released her first album, Opera Arias. Anna’s second album, Sempre Libera was released in 2004. Thus she was named the 2008 “Musician of the Year” by Musical America magazine.
From 2010, Anna Netrebko had more performances, starting with the role of Norina in Don Pasquale at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House on November 13, 2010, followed by her title role of Anna Bolena at the Vienna State Opera. Her success in the music world has earned her many awards and accolades such as the State Prize of the Russian Federation. She was even recognized by the Austrian government who named her “Kammersängerin” and Time Magazine, in 2007, placed her on its Time 100 list.
As a successful Operatic Soprano, Anna is believed to have a net worth estimated at $7.5 million, bagging about $17,000 per show. Her annual salary is pegged at $600,000. Among her great performances are as Juliet and Lady Macbeth in the metropolitan seasonal productions of Shakespeare’s two drama, Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. She has so far, earned the nickname La Bellissima from her massive worldwide fan base.
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 September 5, 2008, The couple welcomed their first child, a boy whom they named Tiago Netrebko. About five years later (in 2013) the couple announced their separation with Tiago left in the custody of his mother, Anna.
The news about Anna Netrebko’s relationship with Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov broke out in February 2014 and within a few months after, they announced their engagement. Yusif Eyvazov was born in Algiers, Algeria and he is known as the son of an Azerbaijani university professor working abroad. Netrebko and Eyvazov officially got married on 29 December 2015, at the Palais Coburg in Vienna with great singers such as the Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo in attendance.