On December 31, Anna Netrebko stars in a sold-out all-Puccini program to ring in the new year. Kicking off the evening, Anna sings the role of Mimì in Act I of the heart-wrenching La Bohème, alongside tenor Matthew Polenzani as Rodolfo. Next, in Act I of Tosca, Anna performs the title role of the passionate soprano alongside tenor Yusif Evyazov as Tosca’s lover, Cavaradossi. Anna reprises this role after her acclaimed performance at La Scala’s season-opening earlier in the month, for which critics called her performance “deeply psychological” (Financial Times), and “Enchanting” (Reuters). A preview of her upcoming role debut at Bayerische Staatsoper this January, Act II of Turandot concludes the 2019 gala where Anna performs opposite Eyvazov as her eager suitor, Prince Calaf.

Metropolitan Opera music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the performances, which feature an all-star cast including Quinn Kelsey, Davide Luciano, Christian Van Horn, Arthur Woodley, Evgeny Nikitin, and Patrick Carfizzi.

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Ms. Netrebko seized the moment to make a strong statement about how a major singer develops her artistry as she matures... I haven’t heard this music sung so excitingly since, as a teenager, I heard the awesome Birgit Nilsson at the Met.

New York Times

Anna Netrebko’s purring soprano delivered the goods, the singer drawing us in with greater containment and vulnerability than expected...Netrebko phrased with impeccable beauty and had no qualms with floating some of the notes and singing with pianissimo sound.