Anna Netrebko hit the international operatic scene with that abominable production of La Traviata from Salzburg. She has been singing many Italian roles, ever since, performing better in the Bel Canto roles than in anything more dramatic, as she is blessed with an incredible voice, but seemed to lack style, in my opinion due to bad direction on the part of many of her producers. Now at last she is singing in her own language in a role she obviously understands well. The result is astounding. She is simply superb, far better than in any of her previous roles.
The rest of the cast is excellent. I have always had reservations for Gergiev's conducting. He is better than usual here but not as inspiring as some of the some of the old great Russian conductors.
I am basing this review on the "Met live" performance, but I imagine the blu ray transfer will be top quality as usual.
I strongly recommend this performance to anyone who likes this opera.