“(The) diva assoluta del mondo”
If ever there were one whose reputation precedes her, it’s Anna Netrebko. She’s been electrifying opera houses across the globe for over fifteen years, but not in Chicago. Tonight that changes. Ms. Netrebko will sing six performances as Mimì with her frequent co-star Joseph Calleja as Rodolfo. Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of La Bohème, by Louisa Muller, is tradition at its best. According to Ms. Netrebko, “Sometimes it works the best if it’s a traditional production–especially this opera…It’s all set up. It’s done. It’s perfect.”
Lyric Opera’s La Bohème is a split cast. The opera opened in January with Ana María Martínez and Dimitri Pittas in the lead roles. Tonight’s performance marks the opening for Round 2, with Ms. Netrebko and Mr. Calleja singing the leads. Performances of Puccini’s La Bohème continue at the Civic Opera House through March.