Thursday July 9, 2020

Classical Notes: Why Netrebko blew a gasket over social distancing

Covid-19 measures, which mean reducing audience sizes in music venues, are causing some opera singers to be quite vocal indeed

31st May, 2020
Anna Netrebko, the Russian-Austrian soprano, is not afraid to make herself heard when it comes to her opinions on lockdown restrictions. Picture: Getty

You’d be surprised what opera superstars are doing to stay sane. Anna Netrebko, the Russian diva who has been dubbed the “new Callas”, has found solace in an Instagram supporters club that has grown to over half a million subscribers.

She’s sad about not having been able to wow New York with her Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera last March as had been scheduled, but she is putting on a brave...

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