Anna made her debut at the Mariinsky in 1992 at the age of 22 when she sang Susanna in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. She went on to sing in several starring roles with the Kirov Opera. By 2002, Anna was becoming prominent internationally and made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Natasha in the Met’s premiere of Prokofiev’s War and Peace. Anna has the remarkable distinction of opening the new season at the Metropolitan Opera three times in a row.
As a student, Anna supported her studies at the St Petersburg Conservatoire by working as a janitor at St Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre. Valery Gergiev, the distinguished conductor who was to become her mentor, first knew Anna in this humble occupation. Catapulted to the top after her smashing debut at the Mariinsky, Anna sang Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Rosina in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and the title role in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. She soon mastered the art of bel canto (beautiful singing) and of interpreting romantic roles such as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto and Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème.
By 2002, Anna had achieved international fame and her career accelerated with a performance at the prestigious Salzburg Festival in the lead role of Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. She was then ready for her debut at the Metropolitan Opera. Among the many remarkable and historic highlights in her career are a 2007 appearance at Carnegie Hall with the world’s most renowned baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, performing with Joshua Bell at the 2007 Last Night at the Proms and an absolutely stunning all-star performance at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in 2008 in Verdi’s La Traviata with both Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Jonas Kaufmann, the world’s number one tenor.
In May 2008, Anna made a much-awaited debut at the Paris Opera in I Capuleti e I Montecchi, with famous fellow soprano Joyce DiDonato as Romeo.
Among many honours, she has received the State Prize of the Russian Federation, identification by the journal Musical America as ‘a genuine superstar for the 21st century’ and ‘Musician of the Year’ for 2008 and a 2015 Opera News award as a Leader In Opera. She was described by Associated Press as ‘the reigning new diva of the 21st century’. After Anna’s debut in Hong Kong in 2015, the South China Morning Post declared that ‘No star shines brighter in today’s operatic world than Anna Netrebko. Not since Maria Callas has any diva created such an impact’.
With abundant charisma and an arresting stage presence, Anna makes an indelible impression in all her roles. Appearing with Anna is her husband, Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov, winner of the 2008 Grand Prix at the International Competition for Opera Singers in Milan. The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) programme includes an anthology of great arias by master composers such as Verdi, Puccini, Mascagne and Lehár. Anna and Eyvazov will perform at ROHM on March 3 at 7.30pm. For further information and booking, visit www.rohmuscat.org.om.