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Metropolitan Opera: Anna Netrebko Puccini Gala

Anna Netrebko in the title role of Puccini's Tosca.
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Anna Netrebko in the title role of Puccini's Tosca.

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a network broadcast premiere: Anna Netrebko in an all-Puccini gala conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, a special Met performance from New Year’s Eve, 2019.

The superstar soprano portrayed heroines from three Puccini operas. In Act One of La Bohème she was the fragile seamstress Mimì opposite tenor Matthew Polenzani as the poet Rodolfo.

She sang the title character in Act One of Tosca with tenor Yusif Eyvazov as Cavaradossi and bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin as Scarpia.

The performance concluded with Act Two of Turandot, Netrebko’s first appearance as the formidable princess of the title, with Eyvazov as prince Calàf.

Maestro Nézet-Séguin led the Met Orchestra and Chorus in this memorable event.

The Anna Netrebko Puccini Gala will be heard over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 8. Listen to it on Classical IPR.

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