Since her triumphant Salzburg Festival debut in 2002 as Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, today’s reigning prima donna, Anna Netrebko, has gone on to appear with nearly all the world’s great opera companies, and routinely headlines major productions at leading opera houses across the globe and in arenas in front of tens of thousands of people.
Her outdoor concerts, in which she has shared the stage with artists such as Plácido Domingo and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, have ranged from Berlin’s Waldbühne to Moscow’s Red Square, and are often internationally televised events.
This season, she makes a number of high-profile international appearances with her husband, tenor Yusif Eyvazov, in cities including Cologne, Paris, Toronto, Los Angeles and Auckland, before returning to New York to headline a pair of star-studded gala events: the annual Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala and the Metropolitan Opera’s 50th Anniversary Gala, which celebrates half a century in the company’s current home.
Netrebko sang the Olympic Hymn live at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
In 2007, the same year she became the first classical musician to be chosen as one of the Time magazine’s “Time 100” list of the world’s most influential people, she serenaded film director Martin Scorsese on the CBS broadcast of the 30th Annual Kennedy Center Honors. The following year she performed on the BBC telecast of the Classical BRIT Awards alongside Andrea Bocelli.
She has also appeared on television shows such as ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CBS’s 60 Minutes and CNN’s Revealed. Documentaries about her have been televised in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Russia, and Switzerland.
Anna Netrebko’s honors and awards include Grammy nominations for her recordings Violetta and Russian Album; 2016 Opera News Award; Musical America’s 2008 “Musician of the Year”; Germany’s prestigious Bambi Award; the UK’s Classical BRIT Awards for “Singer of the Year” and “Female Artist of the Year”; and eleven German ECHO Klassik awards. In 2005, she was awarded the Russian State Prize (the country’s highest award in the field of arts and literature), and in 2008 she was given the title of “People’s Artist of Russia.”
A passionate advocate for children’s causes, Netrebko supports a number of charitable organisations, including SOS-Kinderdorf International and the Russian Children’s Welfare Society. She is also a global ambassador for Chopard jewellery.
*Photograph by Vladimir Shirkov.