The soprano’s performance was fully formed, dramatically deep and magnificently sung. Anita Rachvelishvili matched her as Amneris.
Elina Garanca, Anna Netrebko and newcomers rehearse “Samson et Dalila,” “Aida” and “La Bohème” for the Metropolitan Opera’s opening week.
Ms. Netrebko sang the title role of Puccini’s “Tosca” for the first time anywhere at the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday, and proved magnificent.
The venerable festival, the center of classical music each summer, ends its first season under Markus Hinterhäuser, viewed as a change agent.
Watching divas, impresarios, maestros and virtuosos navigate music’s grandest summer festival shows how the classical landscape has changed.
The soprano was careful and earnest in a coolly impersonal production conducted by Riccardo Muti and directed by the celebrated visual artist Shirin Neshat.
As opera’s biggest stars shared the spotlight at a gala concert on Sunday, the Met’s follow-spot operators lit them from six stories above the stage.
Music by the pioneer Lou Harrison, Anna Netrebko at the Met Opera and a class with the organist Paul Jacobs were among the highlights.
Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien are the exceptional stars in a revival of Tchaikovsky’s opera of lost love.