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Anna BolenaNew production

Dutch National Opera and BalletWaterlooplein 22, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Dates/times in Amsterdam time zone
Sunday 29 May 202214:00
Dutch National Opera
Enrique MazzolaConductor
Jetske MijnssenDirector
Ben BaurSet Designer
Klaus BrunsCostume Designer
Franck EvinLighting Designer
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Marina RebekaSopranoAnna Bolena (Anne Boleyn)
Raffaella LupinacciMezzo-sopranoGiovanna (Jane Seymour)
Adrian SâmpetreanBassEnrico (Henry VIII)
Ismael JordiTenorPercy
Cecilia MolinariMezzo-sopranoSmeton
Frederik BergmanBaritoneLord Rochfort
Ian CastroTenorHervey

‘Success, Triumph, Delirium!’ The public had gone mad at the 1830 premiere of Anna Bolena in Milan. The opera about the tragic fate of the English Queen marked one of the most impressive moments in the career of the bel canto composer, Donizetti. With his magnificent, melodious music, he transformed historical facts into a world of intense emotions, deeply moving to this day.

Director Jetske Mijnssen, one of the Netherlands’ most talented international opera directors and winner of the ‘Grand Prix de la Critique’ in 2016, makes her debut with Dutch National Opera. Musical director is the Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola, Chicago Lyric Opera’s new conductor. He is internationally acknowledged as the bel canto specialist and leads the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in Amsterdam.

For this production a wonderful cast of great voices and strong theatrical personalities has been brought together. The fantastic Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka, who is one of the very few soloists in the world who can play all three of the Donizetti queens, will sing the title role.


Anna Bolena

is the first of the Tudor trilogy, which Dutch National Opera will present with director Jetske Mijnssen and her team in the coming three seasons. Three great bel canto operas—Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux—tell of the turbulent times of the English Renaissance and the lives of its rulers. The emotional expression in the music brings them closer to us, as if they were alive today.

May 2022
Evening performance
Matinee performance
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