This compilation of highlights from Anna Netrebko's Metropolitan Opera roles makes a distinctive introduction to her talents.
Her weightless serenity through "Qui la voce sua soave" from Bellini's I Puritani shows her effortless command of the emotional thrust of the piece; and she's in no way outgunned in her passionate flow by Verdi's storm-tossed orchestration in a three-hander from Rigoletto. She seems to find her most natural foil in Roberto Alagna's Romeo, though it's her solo aria from Roméo & Juliette that proves one of the stand-out performances here, the other being a dazzling showstopper from Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, "Il dolce suono", which has the audience justly bawling its acclaim.
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