Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov to Preview Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ and ‘Un Ballo in Maschera’ in Upcoming Paris Concert

By Francisco Salazar

The repertoire for Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov’s Feb. 27 concert in Paris has been announced with numerous surprises.

After performing a number of concerts featuring verismo repertoire, this upcoming concert will feature Verdi in the first half. The soprano will return to arias from “La Traviata” a few days before her farewell performances of the role at the Teatro alla Scala. Eyvazov will also sing an aria from “Il Trovatore” and the end of the first half they will conclude with the duet from “Un Ballo in Maschera.” The duet, “Teco Io Sto,” will be something new for both singers as Netrebko has not sung the role of Amelia and Eyvazov has not sung Gustavo.

In the second half, Netrebko will sing the second act aria from Puccini’s “Turandot” followed by a tenor aria from Giordano’s “Andrea Chenier.” The two will then sing selections from Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci.” The program will conclude with the final duet from “Andrea Chenier.” The two are scheduled to sing “Andrea Chenier” next season at La Scala on opening night.

Ever since announcing that Metropolitan Opera’s production of “Manon Lescaut” was her last, Netrebko will make a big switch from singing Puccini and will be dedicated to the music Verdi in productions of “Macbeth,” “Il Trovatore” and “La Traviata.” In the summer she will also make her role debut in the title role of “Aida.” She will also return to the role of Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin.”

Eyvazov will sing in a production of “Macbeth” at the Bayerische Staatsoper and will also sing the title role of “Andrea Chenier” in Prague. He is also scheduled to sing a number of concerts with Netrebko and will sing in a new production of Verdi’s “Aida.”