Social Media Beat: How Did Opera Stars Say Goodbye to 2016?

By Francisco Salazar

This week many singers ended the year singing their last performances or in the rehearsal room while others went back home to take a break from the stage.

After spending Christmas in Vienna with her family, the soprano returned to the stage for her final performance of the year. Netrebko performed Macbeth at the Bayerische Staatsoper where she announced that her husband Yusif Eyvazov could finally walk. She concluded the week celebrating her 1 anniversary since she was married. The two celebrated the occasion with friends and family and from the looks of the pictures it was a lot of fun. Netrebko returns to the stage in February for a new production of Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” with Roberto Alagna at the Vienna State Opera.

Beautiful day it was ❤️️

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Luca Pisaroni returned to Vienna rehearsals of La Sonnambula. The bass is busy working on the Bellini opera with Juan Diego Florez and Daniela Faley who will make her role debut in the role of Amina. During his week he also had time to share some pictures of operas most famous dogs Tristan and Lenny. “La Sonnambula” opens on Jan.7 and will be performed three times.

Ran into some familiar faces at work today 😉 Having fun rehearsing Sonnambula at Wiener Staatsoper @wienerstaatsoper

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Aida Garifullina returned home after a hectic 2016 to spend the New Years with her family. The soprano took time off to play in the snow and shared a snowman she built. She also shared memories of her work in Rossini’s “L’Italiana in Algeri” from the Vienna State Opera. Garifullina returns to the stage at the end of January to sing Juliette in Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliette” in Vienna.

Susanna Phillips spent the week at the Metropolitan Opera singing the final performance of “L’Amour de Loin,” a role she triumphed in. Back stage she shared pictures of her score and of her stunt double. The soprano returns to the Met in January for three more performances of Puccini’s “La Boheme.”

Sonya Yoncheva first celebrated her birthday on Christmas before heading to Baden Baden where she will performance at the festival’s Silver Concert. During the week the soprano shared a picture of her dressed a Santa Claus with her family. After her performance the soprano takes a month off to prepare Verdi’s “La Traviata” where she perform the role at the Metropolitan Opera.

Arrived in Baden-Baden for the New Year’s concert at @festspielhausbb 🍭

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