The birthday girl opened the concert , organized by Berin Iglesias Art, with an aria from the opera “Turandot” by Puccini. In a stunning outfit and an imposing crown on his head.
– No, not a princess, a queen! – noticed the audience in the stalls. During the evening, Anna changed outfits nine times, one more luxurious than the other. The diva appeared in public in a black dress with a fitted silhouette, in a dress that evokes thoughts of space, in a blue spectacular hoodie, in a silver dress with black transparent inserts, in the final she went out to the public in a black dress with a fuchsia-colored drapery. The shine of the opera queen was added by Shopard jewelry. On the occasion of the anniversary, Netrebko’s collection of jewelry was replenished with a gift from Philip Kirkorov .
– Anna is very fond of jewelry and loves to appear in unusual outfits and images. For her, as an actress, jewelry is of great importance. I gave her a very beautiful necklace of a French company, – said Philip Kirkorov. – I adore Anna. She is like a sister to me in spirit, in creativity, in how she loves, how she creates …
On this day, many good words sounded to Anna Yurievna.
– Anna is an outstanding actress, – says Placido Domingo . – I watched how it changes during one performance. It was Massenet’s opera Manon. In the first act she was as Audrey Hepburn, in the second as Sophia Loren, then as Liz Taylor. Sometimes she resembled Marilyn Monroe, and in the finale again Audrey Hepburn. Of course, she is very talented, this is Maria Callas of our day! I sincerely congratulate her on her anniversary.
Hits and premieres
In the first part, famous opera singers appeared on the stage, with whom Netrebko has long years of friendship. Anna Zhidkova studied with mezzo-soprano Elena Zhidkova at the Conservatory. The audience saw footage of the chronicle on the screen – more than 30 years ago, young students Anya and Lena sang the duet Prilepy and Milovzor from Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades. They repeated the duet now. And Nikolai Tsiskaridze (recall, this is the first ballet Hermann) could not resist and performed several steps, and in the final of the number he began to spin with the hero of the day in a waltz.
With bass Eldar Abdrazakov Anna Netrebko is now performing on European stages. The Bass Workshop was also presented by the Bolshoi Theater soloist Elchin Azizov . For the first time he sang the romance “Black Eyes” to the public.
The Italian baritone Luca Salsi struck with the depth of his dramatic talent and the beauty of his voice. He very sensually sang the tragic aria “Courtesans, Fiend of Vice” from the opera “Rigoletto” by Verdi.
Most passionate partner
Of course, the fans were waiting for the appearance of the Mexican tenor Rolando Villazon . This is Anna Netrebko’s most passionate partner.
Villazon sang for the first time in a duet with Netrebko in the early 2000s in Los Angeles in Charles Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet. After this performance, Anna and Rolando were invited to sing together everywhere. Their performances together were not only flawless vocally, but also so hot! The audience, accustomed to cardboard opera passions, froze with delight. But Rolando’s love with Anna Netrebko was only on stage. Outside of it there is only strong friendship. Rollando has been happily married for many years and has two children.
By the way, Villazon almost devoted himself to serving God: he was seriously considering becoming a monk. And now, despite a brilliant international career, sometimes she works as a hospital clown, helping seriously ill children to get through difficult times more easily.
The main star, after the birthday girl, of course, was the great Spaniard Placido Domingo. The maestro conducted and sang, showing an amazing vocal form at the age of 80. By the way, Placido holds the record for the duration of applause. Once the audience clapped him for 80 (!) Minutes! Spectators of the Kremlin Palace did not claim a record, but applause and shouts of “Bravo!” also did not stint.
Surprise from Yusif Eyvazov
One of the touching numbers of the evening was the performance of 11 Anna’s friends who came from Krasnodar. Together with Khibla Gerzmava and Anna Netrebko’s son Thiago Arua, they sang “Winged Swing”.
But most of all, it was not Anna who was worried about the anniversary, but her husband Yusif Eyvazov . He dedicated each of his numbers to his beloved wife. Music critics noted that Yusif has greatly improved his vocal skills lately. He sang “dedication to Caruso” for Anna and the audience, and also prepared surprises – two love songs, one of which he sang in a duet with Valeria, and the other solo, tenderly embracing Anna. The song ended with a passionate kiss.
“Anna is an amazing wife,” Yusif admitted. “She doesn’t play diva at home. At home, she is not a singer, but just a woman and this is very important. If she continued to bring all these passions and the image of the prima donna from the theater, it would be impossible to exist. It would turn out that we live in some kind of endless theater. At home, we are an ordinary family: we watch films, we mess with the child.
Philip Kirkorov for sweet
In the second part, Anna, together with composer Igor Krutoy, sang songs written by him especially for her, showing her ability to work perfectly not only in opera, but also in the crossover genre.
The bright finale of Anna Netrebko’s anniversary evening was the appearance of Philip Kirkorov. The King of Pop in the stellar company of opera premiers and the hall sang “Happy birthday to you!”, And then the famous “Diva” (a cover version of the hit of the same name Dana International, with whom she won the Eurovision Song Contest 1998). The opera stars on the stage started dancing, and in the stalls in front of her, a real disco began.
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