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Opera Diva Anna Netrebko Makes Bolshoi Debut

Manon Lescaut at the Salzburg Festival
Manon Lescaut at the Salzburg Festival

Tonight at the Bolshoi Russian opera singer Anna Netrebko will make her debut performance in the title role of Manon Lescaut. She told reporters this week of the thrill and anticipation of a first appearance in the legendary theater. 

Netrebko, and the opera by Giacomo Puccini are take the stage at the Bolshoi for the first time. The diva told reporters on Friday:

"It is a great honor for me to perform at Bolshoi. It is a great theater, I had never even been there, and I am thrilled and in anticipation. Working there was great, all theater personnel helped, and of course I like very much the staging, it is interesting."

Netrebko will sing the role of Manon, and her husband, Yusif Eyvazov, will be her partner on stage, singing the role of Chevalier des Grieux. The director of the production is Adolf Shapiro, who Netrebko thanked in for his expertness and patience in creating the remarkable performance. Bolshoi’s Director General Vladimir Urin said the decision to stage Manon Lescaut with the participation of Netrebko was made a year ago.

Initially the theater did not even plan to stage the opera. Urin said; "We made the decision together with our music director to change the repertoire, and did it with great pleasure."