Somewhere between Berlin and four Philadelphia-area movie theaters, a grand night of singing was nearly hijacked by a hyperactive camera crew. So if you're prone to motion sickness, take your Dramamine before 3 Superstars in Berlin when it's beamed out to 300 American theaters Thursday and next Wednesday.
Not since the heyday of the Three Tenors has there been such a charismatic trio - Anna Netrebko, Erwin Schrott, and Jonas Kaufmann - or one so svelte and stylishly dressed, with unquestionable artistic credibility. Shot in August at Berlin's outdoor Waldbühne, the program is full of music you'd love to hear them sing, but from operas they'd never perform onstage, the Netrebko/Schrott duet "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" from Porgy and Bess being a good example. And though Netrebko is perfectly appropriate for the beloved "O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi, she's far too big a star to ever sing a role that small onstage.