Gaetano Donizetti's Anna Bolena
Libretto by Felice Romani
Production owned by The Dallas Opera
"Radvanovsky sings with unflinching honesty and uncommon intensity."
--The New York Times
A queen falls from grace as her unfaithful king plots to bring his mistress to the throne. The golden age of Italian bel canto opera shines with dark reflections in Anna Bolena, Donizetti's moving retelling of Anne Boleyn's tragedy.
Condemned to death by King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn accepts her fate and tumbles into madness as she awaits her unjust execution.
In her role debut, American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky portrays the wronged Queen Anne in a striking production directed by Stephen Lawless and conducted by Antonello Allemandi.
Anna Bolena: Sondra Radvanovsky
Riccardo (Lord Richard Percy): Shalva Mukeria
Giovanna (Jane Seymour): Sonia Ganassi
Enrico VIII (Henry the VIII): Oren Gradus
Smeton, the Queen's page: Claudia Huckle
Performed in Italian with English supertitles. Supertitles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra.
Performance Timing: Act I - 90 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II 85 min. (3-1/4 hours)
Broadcast of WNO's production of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia
Sat., Sep. 8 at 1 p.m.
Classical WETA Opera House, 90.9 FM and online at weta.org/fm/listenlive
Tune in to Classical WETA-FM to hear WNO's 2008 production of another of Donizetti's masterworks. Lucrezia Borgia, conducted by Plácido Domingo, stars American soprano Renée Fleming in the title role and rising Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo as Gennaro. In this later opera, Donizetti continues to explore the themes of royal power and forbidden love that he first examined in Anna Bolena.
Una Delle Regine: Anna Bolena
Thu., Sep. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven Street, NW
Presented by Washington National Opera and the Italian Cultural Institute. Join conductor Antonello Allemandi and soprano Keri Alkema for a program of discussion and music that explores Donizetti's fascination with the Tudor period of English history and the opera's relevance to Italian audiences at the time of its composition. Admission is free, but reservations are required (available beginning August 30). For more information, visit www.iicwashington.esteri.it.
Sat., Sep. 15 at 6 p.m. on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Free preview of Donizetti's Anna Bolena featuring members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.
Artist Signing: Sondra Radvanovsky
Mon., Sep. 24, post-performance in the Kennedy Center Grand Foyer
Meet Anna Bolena star Sondra Radvanovsky as she signs her recent recordings outside the Opera House in the Grand Foyer.
Thu., Sep. 27 at 6:15 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Opera House
Free 40-minute pre-performance lecture with musicologist Saul Lilienstein. Patrons must present a ticket or stub from any performance of this production.
Sun., Sep. 30, post-performance in the Kennedy Center Opera House
Artist Q&As are free, but patrons must present a ticket or stub from any performance of the production that is being discussed.