As part of the celebration of Verdi's birth in 1813, Anna Netrebko will debut her Trovatore Leonora in 2013 under the baton of Barenboim at the Berliner Staatsoper. We at classicalify think this will be a move in the right direction for the russian diva. Even better would it have been with a more sympathetic Verdi conductor.
Also in 2013 Netrebko will debut her Puccini Manon Lescaut in Munich, partnered by the dashing and "what would we do in these dire tenor times without" Jonas Kaufmann. The latter will fare well in this verismo power house, but dear Anna, is this really your path into the future? Manon Lescaut is a heavy sing, with a killer last act that demands some real spinto power. Still, who are we to complain. In any case it will sound good on the dvd.
Also for our Russian readers, alas, Netrebko has apparently withdrawn from the Mariinsky Anna Bolena. That means that our lovely songbird will go to her first scaffold, cursing the regal bastard couple, in the starrily cast Viennese Bolena.