ANNA NETREBKO RAISES THE CURTAIN ON HER NEW ALBUM: VERISMO
Berlin, 31 May 2016
Fresh from making her sensational Wagnerian debut as Elsa in Lohengrin at the Dresden Semperoper – four performances, all of which were met with thunderous ovations – Anna Netrebko, the best-known soprano of our time, travelled to Universal Music’s annual “Club of Classics” sales conference in Berlin to present her upcoming release, VERISMO, and unveil the album’s cover art.
VERISMO, set for international release on 2 September 2016, highlights the latest developments in this classical superstar’s ever-evolving career, as she explores some of the darker reaches of the soprano repertoire. Having successfully broached the weightier Verdian roles of Giovanna d’Arco and Lady Macbeth, she is continuing to expand her vocal and artistic range, as demonstrated on this new album by her portrayals of Puccini’s Manon, Butterfly and Tosca, Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur and Giordano’s Maddalena (Andrea Chénier).
Speaking about her choice of repertoire, Netrebko observes, “I believe I have the voice, knowledge and intuition these roles require. And I put all these things together and worked really very, very hard to try to understand verismo and depict it with a real sense of truth.”