The Woman - The Voice
The most explosive soprano exposes her voice and her life. Bon voyage!
“It isn’t so difficult. You just need to want to do it.” And she wanted to. Since her beginnings in Salzburg in 2002 where she played the part of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni by Mozart, the soprano of Russian origin, Anna Netrebko has become a superstar. Her Anna Magnani style 1950s Italian beauty queen look, her passion for furs, diamonds and luxury and her burning ambition have propelled her from the status of an opera singer to that of a media star. But if Netrebko had not had her warm golden voice she would undoubtedly have never inflamed audiences.
The title of this documentary describes its subject well: the Russian-born soprano (she has just been granted Austrian citizenship) tells her life story, since her birth in 1972 to her studies in Saint Petersburg and talks about her fascination for her profession; in order to attend rehearsals at the Mariinsky Theatre she worked as a cleaner. Legend has it that it was the orchestra conductor Valery Gergiev who discovered her.
This portrait of a “woman” is completed by a portrait of a “voice”, since she sings different arias especially performed for the film: we see her in La Bohème by Puccini, Faust by Gounod, Don Giovanni by Mozart, The Sleepwalker by Bellini and Rusalka by Dvořák. As an extra, the making of the film, with an interview of the filmmaker, giggles, faces pulled by the soprano and other out-takes.
All music titles are from the original CD "Anna Netrebko, Opera Arias"
- "Ah ! Je ris de me voir", Faust, Ch. Gounod.
- "Crudele! – Ah no, mio bene! … Non mi dir, bell’idol mio", Don Giovanni, W.A. Mozart.
- "Quando men vo", La Boheme, G. Puccini.
- "Care compagne, et voi, teneri amici…", La Somnambula, V. Bellini.
- "Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém", Rusalka, Dvořák.
- "Les belles fleurs! ... Quand j’aurai votre âge", Benvenuto Cellini, H. Berlioz.
Movie director : Vincent Paterson
Duration : 52 min
Location : Musikverein Wien (Vienna, Austria)
Production date : 2004
Production : © Bernhard Fleischer Moving Images
Available version(s) : EN