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Anna Netrebko Brings Down the Metropolitan Opera as Lady Macbeth in Verdi's Classic

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Oct 06, 2014 09:45 PM EDT

One would think that if Anna Netrebko announced a new role, it would be met with excitement. However, this wasn't the case when Anna said she would go out for Lady Macbeth. But in light of her performance in Verdi's classic, Netrebko proved she can transcend any role.

Being labeled a "crazy gamble," it's obvious why skeptics would think she couldn't take on the responsibilities of a dramatic soprano. But like her incendiary personality, her Lady Macbeth has been stirring up theater-goers of the Metropolitan Opera like a firestorm.

Michael Cooper at The New York Times recounted the minutes from Friday night's performance, acknowledging that Netrebko's "demented performance" was so exciting that it propelled "both artist and audience figuratively on the brink of madness."

The 43-year-old has since wanted to take on an arsenal of new roles, this being the first of the series. She wants to sing a more dramatic repertoire, an operatic repertory that includes Bellini's Norma, of which 'Trebko will open the Met's 2017–18 season.

Even Mr. Peter Gelb heralded the singer that he championed with his Opera in recent years. Praising her of her Macbeth performance, he said the singer was "at the top of her game."

Check out Cooper's review here. And needing no introduction, here she is below.

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TagsAnna Netrebko, The New York Times, Michael Cooper, The Metropolitan Opera, Norma, Lady Macbeth, Bellini, Verdi, Peter Gelb