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Work: Anna Bolena

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ComposerDonizetti, Gaetano (1797-1848)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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HamburgDiana Damrau: Royal Affairs

Verdi, Donizetti, Tchaikovsky, Bellini
NDR Radiophilharmonie; Ivan Repušić; Diana Damrau; Nicolas Testé
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Tudor terrors in Opera Australia's new Anna Bolena

Ermonela Jaho (Anna Bolena) and Leonardo Cortellazzi (Percy) © Prudence Upton
Davide Livermore's new production of Donizetti's Anna Bolena offers moderate pleasures, with solid performances by Ermonela Jaho in the title role, and Carmen Topciu as Jane Seymour.
***11
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Masks and marriages: Anna Bolena at Longborough Opera Festival

Linda Richardson (Anna Bolena) and Lukas Jakobski (Enrico) © Matthew Williams Ellis
Any occasion to see Donizetti's first big success is to be welcomed. The Longborough Festival's new production of Anna Bolena gives us a Tudor court in terror of a brutish, Henry VIII as he seeks to supplant Anne Boleyn with Jane Seymour.
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A great cast for Anna Bolena in Rome

Maria Agresta (Anna Bolena) © Yasuko Kageyama | Opera di Roma

Riccardo Frizza conducts a complete version of Donizetti’s masterpiece, with the debuts of Maria Agresta in the title role, Carmela Remigio as Giovanna Seymour and René Barbera as Percy. 

****1
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A “Zeffirellian” Anna Bolena in Lausanne

Shelley Jackson (Anna Bolena) © Alan Humerose

Donizetti’s masterpiece finally debuts in Lausanne, with a traditional, luxurious production and a solid cast of young singers.

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Sondra Radvanovsky reigns over a lackluster set

In Anna Bolena, Sondra Radvanovsky plays a queen who loses her crown. But she approaches a different coronation: as the first to play three of Donizetti's Tudor Queens at the Met.
****1
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