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'Verismo' shows how exciting Anna Netrebko can be / Epoch Times

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Anna Netrebko's voice has darkened over the 20 years of her career, and she has been changing her roles to accommodate that change. She recently canceled her appearances in the title role of Bellini's "Norma," explaining that the part was no longer suitable for her. Instead, she has embarked on the heavier repertory of verismo operas with marked success. Reviewing her performance as Manon Lescaut at the Salzburg Festival last month, one critic (Matthew Rye) titled his review "Manon from Heaven" and raved about the "sublime account" of the opera.

Netrebko's latest CD, "Verismo" (on Deutsche Grammophon), shows how exciting she can be in this repertoire. ‘Verismo' shows how exciting Netrebko can be in this repertoire. Verismo, an Italian word that means truth, began in the late 19th century as an attempt to deal with realistic subjects and violent passions in both literature and music. One notable example is the writer Giovanni Verga, who wrote about his native Sicily in novels and short stories. His "Cavalleria Rusticana" was made into an opera by Pietro Mascagni that is usually paired with Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci." Both operas depict love, jealousy, and murder.