Interview: Manuela Gretener, Manager Inflight Entertainment
Photos: Universal Music
The world-famous opera superstar Anna Netrebko enchants audiences around the globe. The Russian Diva of our time has got it all: a voice of astounding purity, precision, extensive dynamic and tonal range, imagination, insight, and wit - all combined with a dazzling charisma. For SWISS, she compiled a unique music channel and told us a bit more about herself and her amazing art.
What is your biggest inspiration when singing?
My biggest inspirations when singing are the music and my colleagues. It is so important to have good partners on the stage; they help make your performance better.
What can the our passengers expect from your self created music channel?
It ranges from popular opera scenes and arias to Russian art songs that not many people know. There are also some short, sparkling pieces that are less serious.
If you could choose one song, which would be your favourite of all time?
It’s too hard to choose! The Russian songs I recorded with Gergiev and with Barenboim are all very special to me, since I grew up listening many of them. What do you like the most about travelling?
I like seeing the different cities, trying the different cuisines, shopping, and getting to experience a lot of great music.
Have you got any favourite location to perform?
It’s difficult to say; there are so many great opera houses: Vienna, Berlin, Covent Garden, the Met in New York. And, of course, I also love performing in my hometown of St. Petersburg.
What are your most favourite destinations?
Probably Vienna and New York feel the most like home to me.
What do you always bring with you when travelling?
My gowns for performances, some casual clothes, and of course my two-year-old son!
What is typically Russian about Anna Netrebko?
I don’t know. I like vodka, which is very Russian, but I actually prefer champagne!
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Closing date: 30.06.2011
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