March 06, 2019

AFTERNOON WITH A DIVA: The Magnificent Anna Netrebko Returns to Lyric

It’s magic time at Lyric, thanks to Anna Netrebko! The superstar Russian soprano will lavish her breathtaking voice on the Lyric audience in one of her rare recitals in America. Collaborating with the eminent Scottish pianist Malcolm Martineau and Lyric Opera Orchestra concertmaster Robert Hanford, Anna will appear at the Lyric Opera House on Sunday, December 2.

Whether you heard her at Lyric in her sensational 2013 debut in La bohème, or in one of her many Metropolitan Opera telecasts or broadcasts, or simply on CD or DVD, you’ll want to be here to savor her artistry once again. And if you’ve never heard Anna before, well, you can look forward to discovering one of the great voices and captivating artists of our time.

Anna will present an exceptionally varied program featuring beloved music by Debussy, Dvořák, Fauré, Leoncavallo, Offenbach, Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Richard Strauss, and Tchaikovsky. (Program subject to change.) You can expect all the music to give full rein to Anna’s thrilling vocalism and the charisma that has dazzled audiences from the Met, Covent Garden, and La Scala to the Vienna State Opera and St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre. 

How to define the Netrebko magic? There’s her gloriously beautiful sound, which has gained amazingly in power in the course of her extraordinary career. There’s her overwhelming dramatic involvement, which has created one memorable character after another onstage. And of course, there’s the sheer dazzle of her personality that reaches out to pull her entire audience into her orbit. 

Anna embodies joie de vivre. In any concert or recital, she makes very clear that she’s having the time or her life performing for you, and that she hopes you’re enjoying yourself as much as she is. 

Come be part of a glorious afternoon, when Anna Netrebko takes Chicago by storm!

Photos: Vladimir Shirokov