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The  young soprano Anna Netrebko became an overnight sensation in the music world  with her triumphant debut at San Francisco Opera as Lyudmila in Glinka’s Ruslan  and Lyudmila in 1995. Since those performances, she has been engaged by  leading opera houses and symphony orchestras around the world. Her beautiful, dark,  and distinctive voice together with her elegant and alluring stage presence  have garnered both popular and critical acclaim, and prompted one critic to  write: “[H]ere is a singer who simply has it all: a voice of astounding  purity, precision and scope, extensive dynamic and tonal range, imagination,  insight and wit – all combined with a dazzling charisma that makes it all but  impossible to look away when she is performing.”


Anna Netrebko was born in Krasnodar, in the south of Russia, in  September 18, 1971. Anna  Netrebko confirmed her status as one of opera’s most important new stars with  her sensational debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 2002 as Natasha Rostova in  performances of Prokofiev’s War and Peace, led by Valery Gergiev.  These performances earned spectacular reviews, prompting one critic to call her  "Audrey Hepburn with a voice." Anna Netrebko followed this success with her  spectacular debut at the Salzburg Festival in her first performances as Donna  Anna in the season-opening new production of Don Giovanni, under  the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt. The following season, audiences in  Vienna saw her for the first time as Violetta Valery in La traviata at  the Vienna Staatsoper. Of her first performance, Die Presse wrote,  “With her Traviata she has now conquered the Vienna  Staatsoper as well. It really isn’t a stretch to use the word ‘miracle.’ Here  one singing actress brought together everything that opera fans could hitherto  only dream of.” Anna Netrebko brought this same interpretation of Verdi’s  heroine to Munich for her debut with the Bayerische Staatsoper in July 2003. The  soprano has been a favorite of The Washington Opera, appearing there as Ilia in Idomeneo opposite Placido Domingo, Gilda in Rigoletto,  and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. She made her debut with the  Opera Company of Philadelphia as Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi.  After her debut with San Francisco Opera in 1995, audiences there have seen her  in numerous roles including, Ilia, Musetta in La boheme, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Nannetta in Falstaff, Louisa in Betrothal  in a Monastery, and Marfa in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride.


Anna  Netrebko has also appeared with leading symphony orchestras around the world. In  2002 she made her debut at the Verbier Festival in a concert performance of  Mahler’s Fourth Symphony under the direction of James Levine, and  she returned the following season for performances of Pergolesi’s Stabat  Mater. The soprano was first seen with the Maggio Musicale Festival in  Florence in concerts of Bach’s Mass in b-minor, and she returned  there for Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus. She appeared at the  inaugural performances of the Moscow Easter Festival in concerts led by Valery  Gergiev, and audiences in Italy first saw her at the Stresa Festival in a  program of Mozart concert and opera arias. Anna Netrebko appeared with the San  Francisco Symphony in performances of Handel’s Messiah, and she  gave her critically-acclaimed United States recital debut to a sold-out  audience in San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre.


Anna  Netrebko begins the 2003-04 season with her return to Royal Opera, Covent  Garden appearing as Donna Anna in the season-opening production of Don  Giovanni. She then travels to Los Angeles for performances of the title  role in Lucia di Lammermoor in her debut with Los Angeles Opera.  The soprano returns to Europe for appearances as Violetta with the Bayerische  Staatsoper in Munich under the direction of Zubin Mehta and as Donna Anna with  the Vienna Staatsoper. Audiences in Japan see Anna Netrebko as Musetta in  performances led by Seiji Ozawa, and she repeats this role in her return to San  Francisco Opera. Her season continues with her return to the Verbier Festival  in a concert performance of Rigoletto led by James Levine, and  the soprano’s season ends with concert performances as Giulietta in I  Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Salzburg Festival.


In  2002, Anna Netrebko became an exclusive recording artist with Deutsche  Grammophon. Her first solo recording was released in 2003 and immediately  garnered popular and critical acclaim including editor’s choice awards in Gramophone  Magazine and Opera News. In 1995 her performance as Lyudmila with  the Kirov Opera was recorded for DVD and CD by Philips Classics. She can also  be heard as Louisa in Betrothal in a Monastery and Ninetta in The  Love for Three Oranges, both available on Philips Classics. Anna  Netrebko has appeared on the pages of several music and fashion magazines  including Vogue, Elle, Vanity Fair, W Magazine, Harpers  & Queen, Inquire, and many others. In 2003 she was announced as Opernwelt’s Female Singer of the Year.