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...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

California sisters deliver on their early promise, a London pop artist shimmies on a joyful disco album and an earnest singer-songwriter goes a bit Van Morrison

Nadine O’Regan | 4 days ago

One of Mozart’s most celebrated operas is being turned into an eight-episode miniseries by Irish National Opera

Dick O'Riordan | 4 days ago

Looking back is not something the veteran songwriter is interested in and, as he gets ready to release his latest album, he finds that new music continues to inspire and invigorate him

Tony Clayton-Lea | 1 week ago