Donizetti's 'Anna Bolena' from Lyric Opera of Chicago
Saturday, June 06, 2015
King Henry VIII grows bored with second wife, Anne Boleyn, and promises Jane Seymour his devotion. Anne has ill wishes for Jane, but knows that the guilt lies within her husband.
Join us today at 1 pm for a broadcast of Donizetti's opera from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, starring American Verdian soprano Sondra Radvanovsky as Anne Boleyn, American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton as Jane Seymour and Canadian bass-baritone John Relyea as King Henry VIII.
Tudor history comes to life in this 1830 Italian opera that recounts the grandeur and misfortune of the King's second wife. Past love Lord Richard Percy comes back into Anne's life and further complicates her relationship with Henry. Donizetti recounts Anne tumble from the King's graces, complete with deception and drama at every turn. The piece also includes a selfless sacrifice that restores faith in love and family ties.
Kevin Newbury directs an updated take on the production, which opened at the Lyric last December.
Jane Seymour: Jamie Barton
Smeton: Kelley O’Connor
Anne Boleyn: Sondra Radvanovsky
King Henry VIII: John Relyea
Lord Rochford: Richard Ollarsaba
Lord Richard Percy: Bryan Hymel
Lord Hervey: John Irvin
CONDUCTOR: Patrick Summers
DIRECTOR: Kevin Newbury
CHORUS: Lyric Opera Chorus
CHORUS MASTER: Michael Black