Notes and Editorial Reviews
• Originally produced as a one-hour TV special, this unique video program showcases superstar soprano Anna Netrebko in five music videos set to arias from her début album (Opera Arias, 2003 Deutsche Grammophon) — choreographed in daring, provocative and witty ways by Vincent Patterson (Dancer in the Dark, The Birdcage).
• The documentary film, Anna Netrebko: The Woman, the Voice intersperses clips from Patterson’s videos with an intimate conversation with Anna Netrebko
"Here it is, opera fans: a genuine music video, as corny and tacky as any in the MTV genre, but this one stars the radiant opera soprano, Anna Netrebko. The video features selections from Netrebko’s first solo CD, including the “Jewel
Song” from Faust, “Musetta’s Waltz” from La Bohème, “Non mi dir” from Don Giovanni, “Come per sereno” from La sonnambula and the “Song to the Moon” from Rusalka... It is in the bonus that we get to see the real Netrebko, in excerpts from live operatic performances from La traviata (Vienna State Opera, 2003) and Ruslan and Lyudmila (Marinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, 1995). She proves to be the Violetta of one’s dreams, and as Lyudmila, she is impossibly lovely visually and vocally. It is worth acquiring the video just for these excerpts and for the interesting interviews and biographical information in the bonus section."
- James Camner, FANFARE
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