Social Media Beat-Week (12/5-9) : How did the Opera Stars Spend their First Week of December?By Francisco Salazar
This week the stars continued rehearsing for upcoming performances but also took some time off to have some fun around the world.
Tenor Michael Fabiano spent some time with his friends judging a major circuit Debate tournament. The tenor last sang the national anthem at a Jets game and is taking some time off the opera stage. He returns to the stage for a brief run of Puccini’s “La Boheme” at the Metropolitan Opera.
Following a Grammy nomination, Anna Netrebko spent the week celebrating with her husband Yusif Eyvazov and her son Tiago in Miami. The Diva posted numerous pictures of her at the beach and in numerous restaurants having fun with friends. The soprano returns to the stage in Munich for a run of Verdi’s “Macbeth.”
In the meantime Juan Diego Florez and Isabel Leonard are in the midst of rehearsing Massenet’s “Werther.” Leonard is set to make her role debut in the role of Charlotte and by the pictures that have been released on social media, it seems they are having a lot of fun rehearsing the tragic work.
Luca Pisaroni celebrated the week with a Grammy nomination and was rehearsing in Quebec this week for upcoming performances of Handel’s “Messiah.” However, it seems he had time to enjoy his first snow of the season. The bass posted a picture of his two dogs Lenny and Tristan playing in the snow and it seems these famous dogs had a lot of fun. Pisaroni sings the “Messiah” this weekend in Quebec and Montreal.
Jamie Barton had a busy week as she held a live stream at Opera America and was also part of the Met Opera’s Facebook Live series. She also had to rehearse alongside Placido Domingo in Verdi’s “Nabucco.” However, it seems those rehearsals have been a blast as she posted a picture with Liudmyla Monastryska smiling after a successful rehearsal.
Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham and Ben Heppner celebrated their 25th anniversary since their Met Opera debuts. The three superstars made their Met debuts in 1991. Graham debuted as the second lady in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflaute” while Voigt made her debut in Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera.” Meanwhile, Heppner made his debut in Mozart’s “Idomeneo.”
Thank you Met Opera Guild!! pic.twitter.com/HzTVS2Cpc1
— Deborah Voigt (@debvoigt) December 9, 2016