Part of: Great Singers I
The reigning prima donna of the 21st century and one of the world’s most acclaimed sopranos, Anna Netrebko has redefined what it means to be an opera star. From singing at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics to becoming the first classical artist named in TIME magazine’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people, she serves as opera’s leading global ambassador and is widely recognized as one of today’s most compelling and committed performing artists in any genre.
In live performances and on award-winning recordings, Ms. Netrebko’s portrayals of opera’s most iconic heroines have already made an indelible mark on the canon. More recently—as she’s ventured into bolder, more dramatic repertoire—her place in the annals of operatic history has only been further confirmed. In addition to regularly headlining productions with the world’s leading opera companies, Ms. Netrebko has appeared in concerts and recitals across five continents. Her performances in celebration of the World Cup openings in 2006 and 2018 at Berlin’s Waldbühne and Moscow’s Red Square, respectively, were both internationally televised. An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon recording artist since 2002, her extensive discography comprises complete operas, concert repertoire, numerous best-selling solo albums, and a recording of love duets with her husband, Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov.
Among Ms. Netrebko’s many honors are the International Opera Award for Best Female Singer (2017), Opera News Award (2016), Musical America’s Artist of the Year (2008), three Grammy Award nominations, Germany’s prestigious BAMBI award, Classic BRIT Awards for Singer of the Year and Female Artist of the Year, State Prize of the Russian Federation, designation as the People’s Artist of Russia, and Austria’s title of Kammersängerin. She is a global ambassador for Chopard jewelry.
Born in Krasnodar, Russia, Ms. Netrebko studied vocal performance at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory.
Born in Edinburgh, Mr. Martineau studied at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and the Royal College of Music. Recognized as one of the leading accompanists of his generation, he has worked with many of the world’s greatest singers, including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Janet Baker, Olaf Bär, Florian Boesch, Barbara Bonney, Ian Bostridge, Elīna Garanča, Angela Gheorghiu, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Della Jones, Christiane Karg, Sir Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Magdalena Kožená, Solveig Kringelborn, Jonathan Lemalu, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Karita Mattila, Lisa Milne, Anne Murray, Anna Netrebko, Anne Sofie von Otter, Joan Rodgers, Amanda Roocroft, Dorothea Röschmann, Michael Schade, Frederica von Stade, Sarah Walker, and Sir Bryn Terfel.
Mr. Martineau has presented his own series at London’s Wigmore Hall and at the Edinburgh International Festival, and performed at prestigious venues throughout Europe. He also has appeared in North America at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and in Australia at the Sydney Opera House.
Recording projects have included Schubert, Schumann, and English song recitals with Mr. Terfel; Schubert and Strauss recitals with Mr. Keenlyside, as well as Songs of War, which won a Grammy Award; recital recordings with Ms. Bonney, Ms. Gheorghiu, Ms. Jones, Ms. Kožená, Ms. Kringelborn, and Ms. Roocroft; the complete Fauré songs with Ms. Walker and Tom Krause; Britten’s complete folk songs; Beethoven’s complete folk songs; Poulenc’s complete songs; Britten song cycles, and Schubert’s Winterreise and Schwanengesang with Mr. Boesch; Scene! and R. Strauss’s Heimliche Aufforderung with Ms. Karg; and Portraits with Ms. Röschmann.
This season’s engagements include appearances with Ms. Garanča, Ms. Karg, Ms. Netrebko, Mr. Maltman, and Mr. Terfel; recitals at Wigmore Hall with Ms. Röschmann, Mr. Boesch, and Anne Schwanewilms; and a US tour with Mr. Keenlyside. Mr. Martineau was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2004 and was appointed an international fellow of accompaniment by the school in 2009. Mr. Martineau was also the artistic director of the 2011 Leeds Lieder Festival and was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 New Year’s Honours.
Jennifer Johnson Cano has garnered critical acclaim for her commanding stage presence and profound artistry. During the 2018–2019 season, she returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Emilia in Otello and Meg Page in Falstaff. She also makes her role debut as Offred in Poul Ruders’s The Handmaid’s Tale with Boston Lyric Opera. This February, she joins tenor Matthew Polenzani and pianist Julius Drake at Carnegie Hall for an evening of works by Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms, and Janáček. Earlier this season, she performed in two world premieres: Paul Moravec’s A New Country and Gregg Kallor’s Sketches from Frankenstein suite.
Ms. Cano has given more than 100 performances at the Metropolitan Opera, where her recent roles include Bersi (Andrea Chénier), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Nicklausse (Les contes d’Hoffmann), and Wellgunde and Waltraute (Der Ring des Nibelungen). She has worked with an impressive array of conductors, including Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Franz Welser-Möst, Gustavo Dudamel, Manfred Honeck, Marin Alsop, Robert Spano, Louis Langrée, Osmo Vänskä, and Sir Andrew Davis.
Ms. Cano is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, and made her professional operatic debut with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. She joined the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera after winning the Met’s National Council Auditions and made her Met debut during the 2009–2010 season. Among her honors are first prize at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Sara Tucker Study Grant, Richard Tucker Career Grant, and George London Award.
Known as one of the most accomplished violinists of his generation, David Chan is in his 19th season as concertmaster of The MET Orchestra and his second as the inaugural music director of New Jersey’s Montclair Orchestra, where he is already developing a reputation for innovative and adventurous programming. This season is his first as music director of Camerata Notturna, one of New York City’s foremost chamber orchestras.
As a soloist, he has appeared under the baton of such conductors as James Levine and Fabio Luisi, with orchestras that include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. He also is a dedicated chamber musician who performs regularly in the New York area and at all the leading summer festivals.
After winning prizes at the Tchaikovsky and Indianapolis international violin competitions, Mr. Chan made his New York debut in 1995 at Avery Fisher Hall and his Carnegie Hall debut in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage in 2003, performing Brahms’s Double Concerto with The MET Orchestra. A student of Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, and Michael Tseitlin, he received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his master’s from The Juilliard School. He is currently on the faculty of both Juilliard and the Mannes School of Music. A native of San Diego, he lives in the New York City area with his wife, violinist Catherine Ro, and their children Annalise, Micah, and Arianna.