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Anna Netrebko has topped the Austrian Pop Charts.
The Russian soprano's record company Deustche Grammophon announced that the release of her new Verdi album was the first time a classical female artist had ever topped the pop charts. The company stated: "Anna Netrebko's new Verdi album has swiftly won sensational sales and is storming the charts across Europe. The extraordinary success story includes achieving the coveted #1 spot in the Austrian pop charts - the first time an album by a female classical singer has achieved the top spot in Austrian chart history."
The album was also a success story in Germany where it was No. 6 on the pop charts and No. 8 on the Danish pop charts. In Russia, the album was No. 1 on the iTunes store.
Netrebko later released a statement that said, "I couldn't be happier that Verdi's music is reaching such a wide audience, especially with this year being his bicentennial."
The new album received a launch party at the Salzburg Festival where Netrebko had a chance to speak about her future plans and her upcoming performances. The Russian soprano also performed Verdi's "Giovanna d'Arco" and Britten's "War Requiem" at the festival.
Netrebko next opens the Metropolitan Opera's new season in a new production of Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin." The performances will be conducted by Valery Gergiev, and the Oct. 5 performance will be screened internationally in HD. She will also perform Leonora in Verdi's "Il Trovatore" at the Berlin Staatsoper, and Lady Macbeth in Verdi's "Macbeth" at the Bavarian State Opera. The record company will also release the historic concert "Live from Red Square" on DVD in October.
The Verdi Album includes works from "Il Trovatore," "Macbeth," "Giovanna d'Arco," "Don Carlo" and "I Vespri Silcianni."