Anna Netrebko has been awarded the title of Kammersängerin in Austria.
In a ceremony held on Feb. 16, together with the minister of culture Thomas Drozda and Dominique Meyer, the general manager of the Vienna State Opera, the award was presented to Netrebko.
During the ceremony Netrebko stated, “Austria has become my home. There is nothing better for me than to be appointed Kammersängerin now in Vienna.”
Meyer noted “It does not bring any money, it does not bring a pension. It is however the greatest honor, which one can be given to someone.” Drozda added, “Nothing in life is free. What we associate with the award of this decree is the urgent desire to see you often on the stages of this country. “
The title of Kammersängerin is given to distinguished singers of opera and classical music and historically, the title was bestowed by princes or kings. The title is given in Germany and in Austria usually on the recommendation of relevant national and local institutions.
Anna Netrebko made her debut at the Vienna State Opera in 2003 in the role of Violetta Valery in Verdi’s “La Traviata.” The soprano has since performed Juliette in Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliette,” Manon in both Massenet’s “Manon” and Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut,” Adina in Donzettti’s “L’Elisir D’Amore,” “Anna Bolena” and “Lucia Di Lammermoor” in the title roles of Donizetti’s two operas, Amina in Bellini’s “La Sonnambula,” Micaela in Bizet’s “Carmen,” Mimi in Puccini’s ” La Boheme” and Donna Anna in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” She is currently performing a run of Verdi’s “Il Trovatore.”