Evil Lady Anna

October 20, 2014 9:21 PM

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If you've seen San Francisco Opera's Norma with its great voices beached like giant wales in an absurd production, take a leap to the Met and enjoy the very opposite: a production supporting and driving another top cast to excellence. Wilbor Hampton has written enthusiastically about the production in these pages, and I want to add a few notes on the Lady in the play.

Met director Peter Gelb is a clever fox. When he spotted young Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and invited her in 2002 to sing in War and Peace, he realized he had struck gold. Here was the potential super diva who could make you dream of legends. A beauty whose face doesn't show any strain in singing...

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