Anna Netrebko

Austrian of Russian descent lyrical singer (Krasnodar, 1971 - )

When she graduated from the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Anna Iourevna Netrebko joined the Mariinsky Theatre. She quickly got noticed by Valery Gergiev and made her debut in 1994 playing Susanna in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. The next year, she made quite an impression in the USA – especially at the San Francisco Opera – and played the great Russian female characters: Natalya (War and Piece, Prokofiev), Louisa (Betrothal in a Monastery, Prokofiev), Marfa (The Tsar's Bride, Rimski-Korsakov). Her career in unstoppable, she travels throughout the lyrical world and is welcomed on the most prestigious stages: Washington Opera, Scala de Mila, Teatro Real de Madrid, Covent Garden in London, Munich Opera. En 2002, she performed for the first time at the Salzburg Festival, at the New York metropolitan Opera and at the Vienna State Opera. She works with conductors like Nikolaus Harnoncourt, James Levine, Colin Davis, Carlos Rizzi and alongside the great singers of our time: Rolando Villazon, Ramon Vargas, Dimitri Hvorostovsky.

Anna Netrebko’s repertoire is wide. If she can perfectly play the great roles of the Russian repertoire, she also made a name for herself in the bel canto playing Elvira from The Puritans, Lucia di Lammermoor of Donizzetti and Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet for the French repertoire. She played a beautiful Mimi for Puccini’s La Bohème. She knows how to deal with the way her voice changes as the time passes. 

After a few noticed appearances in the baroque world, Mass in B Minor of Bach and Judas Maccabeus of Handel, she took on the great roles of Verdi, such as La Traviata. In 2006 she showed her wish to live in Vienna when she asked for the Austrian nationality. She married the Uruguayan bass-baritone Erwin Schrott in 2008. In 2014, she sang for the opening ceremony of the Olympic games in Sotchi.

Anna Netrebko is signed with Deutsche Grammophon.

Six landmark dates in the life of Anna Netrebko
1994: made her debut at the Saint Pertersburg Mariinsky Theatre                            2002: Performed for the first time at the Salzburg Festival, at the New York Metropolitan Opera and at the Vienna State Opera
2005: Recorded La Traviata by Verdi in Salzburg
2006: got the Austrian nationality
2008: married singer Erwin Schrott
2014: sang at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic games in Sotchi.

Official website

Radio France Documentation biography, May 2014