The Metropolitan Opera Guild will honor Anna Netrebko at its 84th Annual Guild Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.
The president of the guild Richard J. Miller said, “The Guild is proud to honor the artistry and accomplishments of Anna Netrebko. Anna is an authentic 21st-century superstar whose generous spirit, passion for life and amazing talent have thrilled audiences everywhere. Anna is more than just a great soprano — she is a true ambassador for the arts who has inspired thousands of people all over the world to love opera. Introducing opera to a wider audience has always been the goal of the Guild’s programs, and our Annual Luncheon helps make those programs possible.”
In response to the honor, Netrebko remarked, “I am very honored to be this year’s Metropolitan Opera Guild Luncheon honoree. Whether it’s through their financial support of the Met or reaching the public through their editorials and education programs, we all — artists and audiences alike — are direct beneficiaries of The Guild’s tireless work. I am grateful to be recognized by them and would like to express my thanks for their continued advocacy for the art form.”
The Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Annual Luncheon has been a highlight of every opera season for decades, bringing together artists and their fans to celebrate the leading exponents of the art form. Last year, the Guild honored opera legend, Renée Fleming, and has also honored such important singers as Grace Bumbry, Mirella Freni, Sherrill Milnes, Renata Scotto, Jessye Norman, Kiri Te Kanawa, Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, Plácido Domingo and Franco Zeffirelli.
Netrebko is considered the reigning prima donna of the 21st century. Next season she is set to perform “Aida” and “Adriana Lecouvreur” at the Metropolitan Opera. She will also make her Carnegie Hall recital debut and will perform at the Richard Tucker Gala. Additionally, she makes her role debut as Leonora in “La Forza del Destino” alongside Jonas Kaufmann at the Royal Opera House.