Anna Netrebko Hints at New Puccini Role

By Francisco Salazar

Anna Netrebko is hinting at adding Minnie from “La Fanciulla del West” to her repertoire.

In the season announcement to Opéra de Monte-Carlo, the soprano said, “I have been performing in Puccini operas since I was 28 years old, first ‘La bohème’ (beginning with the role of Musetta), and then ‘Tosca,’ ‘Manon Lescaut’ and finally ‘Turandot.’ I plan to add ‘La fanciulla del West’ someday soon. Puccini’s works are a large part of my vocal diet. His music is honey for the voice. You must have a beautiful instrument and meet his vocal demands, but when you do, it is one of the greatest experiences for a singer. It is amazing that we are celebrating the centennial of his death because it feels like his operas have been with us forever.”

As noted the soprano has performed four of his operas around the world. This season she opens a new production of “Turandot” at the Teatro alla Scala and she reprises her acclaimed “Tosca” at the Arena di Verona. Next season she performs “La bohème” in Monte-Carlo.