With her sensational role debut at the Vienna State Opera, superstar diva Anna Netrebko takes "one giant leap forward to claiming the title of diva assoluta del mondo" (Opera News) with a performance of rare vocal and dramatic power. The Russian soprano sings the role of the unjustly accused second wife of King Henry VIII, "veering between indignant fury and tender righteousness" and demonstrating a new level of confidence in her technique with excellent "passagework, particularly in trills, and seamless runs even to the lowest notes" (Opera News). This production was recorded live at the Vienna State Opera in April, 2011.
The performance also stars Deutsche Grammophon recording artist mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, in "a fantastic display of bel canto" (Opera News) as Anna's rival, Giovanna Seymour (Jane Seymour). Ildebrando D'Arcangelo brings his beautifully dark tone to the role of Enrico (Henry VIII) and young Italian tenor Francesco Meli sings the demanding role of Lord Percy with a "youthful virility" (Agence France Press), promising great things for the future. On the podium Evelino Pidò "drew playing of unusual precision and refinement...making every note matter" (Financial Times).
"An event with a capital 'E"' -- Financial Times