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Anna Bolena

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OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
Dates/times in Zurich time zone
Zurich Opera
Andriy YurkevychConductor
Giancarlo del MonacoDirector
Mark VäisänenSet Designer
Marie-Luise WalekCostume Designer
Anna NetrebkoSopranoAnna Bolena (Anne Boleyn)
Veronica SimeoniMezzo-sopranoGiovanna (Jane Seymour)
Judith SchmidMezzo-sopranoSmeton
Yujoong KimTenorHervey
Ismael JordiTenorRiccardo
Ruben DroleBaritoneLord Rochfort
Luca PisaroniBaritoneEnrico (Henry VIII)

Lyrical tragedy in two acts
Libretto by Felice Romani after the drama “Henri VIII”
by Marie-Joseph de Chénier

For his opera Anna Bolena, which was premièred in 1830, Gaetano Donizetti took history itself as his model – the marital tragedy of King Henry VIII, who in 1533 divorced his wife without the permission of the Pope in order to marry Anne Boleyn, of whom he tired after three years. The opera begins with Queen Anne rightly fearing that Henry has set his sights on Jane Seymour, her lady-in-waiting. Anne’s childhood friend, Lord Percy, provides the King with the welcome evidence of his wife’s alleged infidelity. At a court hearing she is found guilty of adultery and sentenced to death. Before being led to the scaffold, she forgives all. Anna Bolena was and remains a classic role for many great sopranos, as it places the highest vocal demands on the protagonist. The opera is only rarely performed. After her triumphs in Vienna and New York, Anna Netrebko, the prima donna assoluta of our time, will now sing this role in Zurich for the first time.

Sung in Italian with German and English surtitles

Zurich Ballet and Opera
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