Opera Naples’ star year: Netrebko, Vargas, Camarena, Calleja

Yusif Eyvazov and Anna Netrebko have been partners in a number of operas and will sing together as husband and wife here Jan. 7.

Anna Netrebko, arguably the most admired star in opera today, brings her polished, powerfully nuanced soprano voice to Naples on Jan. 7 for Opera Naples.  

The company announced its season this week, and its headliner is Netrebko, who is in demand in every major opera house in the West, has won countless awards and even showed up in one of the popular “Princess Diaries” films.

A sample:Netrebko’s Musetta from ‘La Boheme’

The concert, which also stars her husband, tenor Yusif Eyvazov, is at the Arthrex One presentation hall in North Naples. A frequent star at the Metropolitan Opera, she is also a top choice for the Vienna State Opera and the Royal Opera in London.

Calleja gets a return command

Joseph Calleja, who won fans with his performance at the opera’s gala and its Festival Under the Stars last year, returns for its 2022 gala. And there’s a concert starring young Mexican tenor Javier Camarena, a bel canto tenor who can hit all nine high C’s in “Ah! Mes amis” in “La Fille du Regiment.” Twice in fact, because his Metropolitan Opera audience in 2019 insisted on an encore — one of only three performed there in 70 years.

Hear that encore:Camarena reprises his famous ‘Ah! Mes amis’

Artistic Director Ramón Tebar thinks of the coming season as an abundance of operatic riches, but he’s most proud of the talent coming in: “The biggest attraction for next season, I think, is that we are bringing the really top, top world’s opera stars,” he said.

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