Anna Netrebko Sang Olympic Hymn Live at Today’s Opening Ceremony of 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi
1 Aug 2014
Superstar soprano Anna Netrebko – “the reigning new diva of the early 21st century” (Associated Press) – made a surprise appearance at today’s opening ceremony for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Sochi’s Fisht Olympic Stadium, singing the Olympic Hymn live during the presentation of the Olympic Flag. In undertaking it for the present Games, the Russian-born soprano, dubbed the “diva assoluto del mondo” by Opera News, joins an elite group that includes such opera luminaries as Plácido Domingo and Alfredo Kraus. Originally composed by Greek opera composer Spyridon Samaras for the opening of the first modern Olympics in 1896, the hymn has been sung at each Olympic opening and closing ceremony since 1960. Today’s ceremony was televised live in many countries around the world and may be viewed in the U.S. tonight at 7:30pm EST on NBC.