Soprano Anna Netrebko Makes Time 100

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Anna Netrebko, the Russian soprano who cleaned the floors at the Mariinsky Theater in her student days and has since become one of the world's most glamorous opera stars, has made this year's Time 100.

The weekly newsmagazine's list of "the 100 men and women whose power, talent or moral example is transforming the world" is divided into five categories: Leaders & Revolutionaries, Heroes & Pioneers, Scientists & Thinkers, Builders & Titans and Artists & Entertainers. That last category includes the likes of movie stars Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, and Leonardo DiCaprio, pop star Justin Timberlake, comedian and writer Tina Fey, film director Martin Scorsese, and one-of-a-kind satiric actor Sacha Baron Cohen — unusual company for anyone from the classical music world, even a fabulous opera diva.

"Knockout good looks, bewitching charm and a mesmerizing hold on the media, which tirelessly chronicle her penchant for partying and haute couture," says Time's citation. (While Netrebko is covered mostly in the classical music press in the U.S., she's celebrity magazine material in Europe — especially in Austria, where she currently lives.)

"From her delicate frame comes a voice of astonishing richness and power," the magazine continues. "She's also a riveting actress; just watch her ignite the stage as the doomed Violetta in La traviata."

Netrebko is currently appearing — alongside Rolando Villaz‹n, the Mexican tenor with whom she has famously powerful onstage chemistry — in Massenet's Manon at the Berlin State Opera. On May 30, she makes her Carnegie Hall debut in a joint recital with baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. This September, Deutsche Grammophon releases a Netrebko-Villaz‹n CD titled Duets, and at the end of the year the pair star in Gounod's Rom_o et Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera.

The Time 100 list is featured in the May 14, 2007 issue of the magazine, on sale this week.

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