Or it isn't if you have no interest in Anna Netrebko.
Hometown: Krasnodar, Russia
Birthday: September 18
Residence: St. Petersburg, Russia
Mother and Father: Larissa and Yuri
Father's occupation: Geologist
Early successes: Gymnastics
Early failures: Basketball and computers
First job: Washing floors at Mariinsky Theatre (Kirov Opera)
First voice teacher: Tamara Novichenko
Mentors: Renata Scotto and Valery Gergiev [I knew about Valery Gergiev, of course, but Renata Scotto is certainly interesting!! This might well explain an interest in acting that seems to be stronger than her interest in music. Hmmm.]
Debut on stage: At age 16 as a supernumerary - the back half of a Firebird in Le Coq d'or!
Major role debut: At age 22 - Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at the Mariinsky Theatre
Recent projects: DVD with Vincent Patterson: "Anna Netrebko, the Woman - the Voice"
Philosophy: Russians always need a little 'shit' in our lives - something to be concerned or worried about. If everything is good and we seem completely happy, then we become suspicious of this!
Likes: Being with friends, shopping, seeing movies, discothèques, and eating
Dislikes: Long trips on airplanes, golf (I tried it), and talking about business!
Favorite actor/actress: Brad Pitt/Vivian Leigh [I approve.]
Favorite movie: Dracula (Bram Stoker)
Greatest recent non-professional accomplishment: I won a Can-Can competition at a night club in St. Petersburg in 2004!
Music I listen to: MTV, Justin Timberlake, Robbie Williams, Christina Aguilera [Former mouseketeers are particular favorites. At least she didn't say Britney. Christina Aguilera is actually incredibly talented.]
What would I do if I were not an opera singer: I would be a surgeon or a painter!
Favorite restaurant: I love too many of them to choose one.
Favorite food: Sushi - no everything!
Favorite drink: Red wine and champagne (Veuve Clicquot)
Favorite book: The Master and Marguerite (Bolgakov); Gone with the Wind (Mitchell)
This is fun, don't you think? These are the sorts of things one actually wants to know.
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