Opera superstars Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov shine in Calgary performance

Jader Bignamini
Calgary Herald

There are stars and then there are supernovas. Today, in a post-Pavarotti world, the operatic supernova of our day is clearly Russian soprano Anna Netrebko. Taking time out from a busy schedule of opera performances at the most glittering opera houses internationally, Netrebko included Calgary in the list of cities she is visiting on her current North American tour, an event that brought out a large crowd to Jack Singer Concert Hall Sunday evening.

Together the two sang the beautiful first act duet from Verdi’s Otello and the closing scene of Giordano’s Andrea Chenier to close the concert — both totally captivating vocally and emotionally.

The concert was conducted by Jaden Bignamini, an Italian conductor just emerging into the big time of opera. Conducting by memory, he was professional to the last degree and led a willing CPO in not only beautifully crafted accompaniments to the arias and duets, but in fine performances of orchestral music by Verdi and Puccini. Responding to the clarity of musical gestures from the Bignamini, the orchestra played impressively well, including some exquisite cello solos by Arnold Choi.
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