Anna is a famous opera singer from Russia who is a soprano, for which is characteristic an extreme vocal range. She lives in Russia and Austria, depending on her current project. However, most of the time she is located either in Vienna or New York City.

Early years

Her full name is Anna Yuryevna Netrebko and it is pretty obvous that she is Slavic. She was born on September 18th in 1971 in a city called Krasnodar in The Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic in the Soviet Union.

What is interesting that she has Kuban Cossack history and origins and so her family is very versatile.

She was a student in Saint Petersburg and after it, sadly, she didn’t have a job to do because no one noticed her talent. Anna spent years working as a janitor in a Theatre in Saint Petersburg and hoped that one day she will be on the stage. Little did she know that she was soon going to be noticed a man called Valery Gergiev. When she worked in the theatre, he got to meet her and he noticed how talented she is. Soon he decided to be her coach for her vocal skills because he noticed that she had an incredible range, but didn’t even suspect how much she will grow.

Career development

Her career started to grow in the ‘90s when she appeared in Le nozze di Figaro. She was only 22 at the time and it was very stressful to start out such a career. Gergiev was her manager and he found some gigs for her such as playing in La sonnambula, later in Mozart’s famous Die Zauberflöte and got a main role in Lucia di Lammermoor.

She was growing faster than anyone would have imagined and soon, in 1994 she got the best piece a soprano could wish for: The Magic Flute, It was very stressful, but she worked it out really well alltogether.

In 1995, something very important happened: she had her first performance in the United States which means that she is now an international artist. She sang at the San Francisco Opera and played Glinka’s Lyudmila.

Many musical coaches were very happy that they have an original Russian to now sing some famous work from Prokofiev and similar artists and therefore she soon started to get many roles.

Rigoletto, La Boheme, War and Peace were some of her best works during this period of time. However, soon came the 2000s and she got even more famous.

She started to perform more for charity and this won the hearts of the audience.

Some of her famous work during this time was Verdi’s La traviata, Romeo et Juliette, La sonnambula. She also got an opportunity to star in a movie where she played her own self: it was a comedy called The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

2004 was quite important because she met Vladimir Putin live at the national awards that she had won. She said that it was a wonderful experience and that this was the very moment she realized how famous she actually is.

She is very professional in her work and she always wants to give out the best performance she can. Anna actually said that she won’t perform a few times because she claimed that she didn’t feel prepared enough and that she has to perfect the skill.

Her career had to be on hold for some time because she had children, but when she came back in 2008 it was one of the best shows she ever had. It was in the city of love, Paris, and she performed with another woman callled Joyce DiDonato. It was quite unusual that they played Romeo and Juliet together: Joyce being Romeo and Anna being Juliet.

In 2010 she sang in Don Paquale, a famous work presented in New York in Metropolitan Opera House.

Later on, Anna kept getting gigs on various events, but one of the most important ones was sure her performing in 2014 when she had to sing the Olympic Anthem during the Winter Olympics in Sochi. It was actually near her birthplace called Krasnodar and it was very emotional for her.

She had made a few donations towards Ukraine and it became a huge deal because at the time there were political problems between Russians and them. However, she said multiple times that it was an act of love for the art and had nothing to do with politics that she, as far as she claims, knows very little about and isn’t interested in.

Personal life

It was very important for her to gain a citizenship in Austria that she loves so much and when she did, in July of 2006, it was very relieving. Netrebko has had various problems with the government while crossing the borders and said that she was humiliated multiple times so she does not want to repeat that all over again.

In 2008 she allegedly got married to another singer called Erwin Schrott, but this caused a lot of controversy for many believe the wedding had not happened. She did get a son, Tiago, but the couple split up anyway. The son is allegedly mildly autistic.

There were rumors that she is dating Yusif Eyvazov in 2014 when they worked together and they did really get married in 2015.

Quick summary

Full name: Anna Yuryevna Netrebko

Date of birth: September 18th 1971

Birthplace:  Krasnodar, Russian SFSR

Age: 47

Profession: opera singer

Height: 171 cm

Weight: NA

Net Worth: $7.5 million