The Met: Live in HD

It hardly seems fair: Soprano Anna Netrebko has a knack for the most acrobatic, demanding coloratura and can set a role afire with near-Callas-like dramatic force and is, in my plus-one's words, “smokin' hot.” And though some opera mavens might argue whether she lives up to her hype on the first two counts, nobody thinks she doesn't look as fantastic as everyone says. The highest honor the Metropolitan Opera can bestow on a singer is a starring role in a season's opening night, and Netrebko did just that on September 26 in Donizetti's Anna Bolena—yes, that's Italian for Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, who meets her usual tragic fate (albeit offstage). After that performance, The New York Times' Anthony Tommasini cheered her “lustrous warmth, aching vulnerability, and floating high notes” and reported that one of her arias climaxed with “fiery coloratura runs and vehement phrases, with a defiance that brought down the house.” Watch Netrebko do it all again live as the Met launches another season of morning HD movie-theater broadcasts with Donizetti's 1830 showpiece. You may just lose your head, too. (Other theaters include Oak Tree, Thornton Place, and Bainbridge Cinemas.) GAVIN BORCHERT

Sat., Oct. 15, 10 a.m., 2011

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