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)