Featured Artists in 'The Marriage of Figaro' Anna Netrebko and Ildebrando d'Arcangelo star as servants who get the best of their aristrocratic masters, in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.
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Featured Artists in 'The Marriage of Figaro'


Ildebrando d'Arcangelo (Figaro); Anna Netrebko (Susanna); Bo Skovhus (Count Almaviva); Dorothea Roschmann (Countess); Christine Schaefer (Cherubino); Marie McGlaughlin (Marcelina); Franz-Josef Selig (Bartolo); Patrick Henckens (Basilio); Oliver Ringelhahn (Don Curzio); Florian Boesch (Antonio); Eva Libau (Barbarina)

Anna Netrebko has become a familiar face in the world's opera houses, and in the pages of fashion magazines. J. Henry Fair hide caption

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Ildebrando d'Arcangelo has performed roles in many of Mozart's operas at major companies around the world. hide caption

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Anna Netrebko and Ildebrando d'Arcangelo star in the Salzburg Festival's production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.

Anna Netrebkso

Soprano (Susanna)

Anna Netrebko was born in Krasnodar, in southern Russia. She studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and in 1993 won first prize in Moscow's National Glinka Competition. That prompted an invitation from the famed mezzo-soprano Irina Arkhipova to take part in a concert at the Bolshoi Opera.

Netrebko came to prominence singing in Russian operas, including an important debut at the San Francisco Opera in Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila in 1995, and in many productions with the Kirov Opera, led by Valery Gergiev.

Her Metropolitan Opera debut came in 2002 as Natasha Rostova in Prokofiev's War and Peace. Since then Netrebko's career has taken off; she's now regarded as one of the most important sopranos of the day.

As her repertoire has grown, Netrebko has appeared at many of the world's major opera houses, including performances of La Traviata at the Vienna Staatsoper, Don Giovanni at the Salzburg Festival and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She's also made appearances at the Los Angeles Opera, the Bavarian State Opera and the Washington National Opera.

Netrebko can be heard on many recordings for the Philips and Deutsche Grammophon labels. She also has a flair for fashion, appearing on the pages magazines including Vogue, Elle and Vanity Fair. In 2003 the German magazine Opernwelt named her Female Singer of the Year.

Ildebrando d'Arcangelo

Bass-Baritone (Figaro)

Ildebrando D'Arcangelo was born in in Pescara, Italy, and won the Toti dal Monte International Competition in 1989 and 1991. He made his operatic debut in Mozart's Così fan tutte. Since then, d'Arcangelo has been highly-regarded for his interpretations of many Mozart roles, including both the title character and Leporello in Don Giovanni, Guglielmo in Cosí, and Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro.

He has collaborated with conductors including Valery Gergiev, Claudio Abbado, Seiji Ozawa, Bernard Haitink, Christopher Hogwood, Riccardo Muti, and the late Sir Georg Solti. D'Arcangelo has also performed in many of the world's great opera houses, singing in the operas of Mozart, Verdi, Bellini, Rossini and Donizetti, at companies including the Vienna State Opera, London's Royal Opera, the Bastille Opera in Paris, the Rome Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera. He made his Salzburg Festival debut in Don Giovanni in 2002, and returned to Salzburg in 2006 for the title role in Figaro.