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The Met Opera Showcased its Reigning Prima Donna for the New Year



She doesn't need an introduction. The Met decided to start the New Year by showcasing Anna Netrebko, the Met's reigning prima donna. It was a statement declaring this is our diva, this is our direction for the New Year, and it was certainly a tribute and gift to Netrebko and the audiences that love her.


Netrbeko's performance was similar to the trajectory of the singer's career. It featured her in acts of 3 Puccini operas, from singing Mimi in Act I of La bohème , (past repertoire) to the title role of Tosca, Act I (the present). Anna pulled out all of the Puccini stops, starring as Mimì, Tosca, and Turandot in one gala evening. It was a glittering showcase of the singer's artistic career choices thus far. Each of the acts was fully staged and costumed in the respective (and spectacular) Zeffirelli and McVicar productions. Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met's Music Director was conducting in the pit. This was a declarative move; Anna is the Met's reigning opera diva not in her past, but the present and the future.


(Left Picture: Anna Netrebko and her husband, Yusif Eyvazov. Right Picture: Anna Netrbeko, Yusif Eyvazov, and the Metropolitan Opera's Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin)



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