Donizetti's Anna Bolena
Scheduling Note: This week's broadcast starts at 12 noon
Saturday, February 04, 2012
Russian soprano Anna Netrebko plays the role of second-wife-gone-mad in Anna Bolena this Saturday. Donizetti’s career-making opera depicts the ugly fate of Henry the VIII’s second wife Queen Anne Boleyn. The other Anna, Netrebko, easing into the heights of her career, is not to be missed. Netrebko premiered in the role in Vienna last April, shortly before bringing it to the Met for the company's season opener in September.
Anna Bolena made a comeback in the 1950s thanks to a production at La Scala featuring Maria Callas. Saturday’s production is by David McVicar, led by conductor Marco Armiliato.
Anna Netrebko – Anna Bolena
Ekaterina Gubanova – Jane Seymour
Ildar Abdrazakov – Henry VIII
Production: David McVicar
Set Designer: Robert Jones
Costume Designer: Jenny Tiramani
Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
Choreographer: Andrew George