Anna Netrebko out of Met Opera over her support of Putin
Soprano Anna Netrebko withdrew from her future engagements at the Metropolitan Opera rather than repudiate her support for Russian President Vladimir Putin, costing the company one of its top singers and best box-office draws. “It is a great artistic loss for the Met and for opera,” Met General Manager Peter Gelb said in a statement Thursday. “Anna is one of the greatest singers in Met history, but with Putin killing innocent victims in Ukraine, there was no way forward.”news.yahoo.com
Met Opera cuts season by 3 1/2 months, to shorten some shows
NEW YORK The Metropolitan Opera season is getting shorter, along with some of its shows. Social distancing and grand opera do not mix, Met general manager Peter Gelb said. The pandemic caused the Met to stop its season on March 12, forcing cancellation of the final 58 of 217 originally scheduled performances. There are 130 staged performances of 15 operas in the new schedule, down from the 218 performances of 23 operas that had been announced. This will be the fewest Met staged productions since a low of 14 in the lockout-delayed 1980-81 season, when there were 112 staged performances.
Tenor moves out of Anna Netrebko's shadow
“When I would perform, people would listen and say, 'OK, let's see, is he really good or does he have the job because he's the husband of Anna Netrebko.' He's singing because he's himself. He is onstage almost throughout the entire opera, singing a melodic line that is centered in the middle and lower register of the voice but jumps repeatedly to full-throttle high notes. “It's a very huge role, it's endless work,” said Eyvazov, who had sung the part once before at Moscow's Bolshoi Opera. In particular, Tristan in “Tristan und Isolde” — considered one of the most difficult of all tenor roles.