With her sensational role debut at the Vienna State Opera, superstar diva Anna Netrebko diplays a performance of rare vocal and dramatic power. The Russian soprano sings the role of the unjustly accused second wife of British King Henry VIII, ‘veering between indignant fury and tender righteousness’ and demonstrating a new level of confidence in her technique with excellent ‘passagework, particularly in trills, and seamless runs even to the lowest notes’ (Opera News).
The performance also stars DG mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, in ‘a fantastic display of bel canto’ (Opera News) as Anna's rival Giovanna Seymour. Ildebrando D’Arcangelo brings his beautifully dark tone to the role of Enrico and young Italian tenor Francesco Meli sings the demanding role of Lord Percy with a ‘youthful virility’ (Agence France Press), promising great things for the future. On the podium Evelino Pidò 'drew playing of unusual precision and refinement...making every note matter' (Financial Times).
Athletes of song combine with a fine orchestra to make an historic recording.Published 1 month ago by Philippe
Beautiful singing by all the cast and the acting was superb.
Netrebko lit up the stage and Garanca is the perfect mezzo. Read more
The production is magnificent and matches the excellent singing. Anna Netrebko is at her best as Anna Bolenene and she is well supported by Elina Garanca as Giovanna Seymour.Published 7 months ago by Eric Firkins
This was incredible did not know the opera before hand. Might be better than Norma!Published 12 months ago by R. Hendy
Yes it is a very good opera that does all it says on the can.Published 12 months ago by C. S. Angus
I can only endorse the superlatives given by the other reviewers. The sets and staging appear fairly discrete but very effective. This is in no small part due to the performers. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Colin W