Valery Gergiev opens this concert with the first act of Otello, a psychological and bloody drama written after Shakespeare's play (and Rossini's opera), in which greed and jealousy lead to the murder of the purest creature. Anna Netrebko, one of the most sought-after Desdemona of the operatic world, sings with Aleksandrs Antonenko. Anna Netrebko and Valery Gergiev have collaborated many times, notably for the recording of the Russian Album (Deutsche Grammophon).
The second part of the programme units three of the greatest Wagnerian singers of the moment in the third act of Die Walküre: Bryn Terfel, Eva Maria Westbroek and Iréne Theorin.
Pictures: Anna Netrebko and Bryn Terfel © Aline Paley.
Anna Netrebko and Bryn Terfel appear courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon.
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