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ANA BOLENA – Gaetano Donizetti
05/20/2019 – 20.30
Projection at the plateau in front of the National Opera and Ballet,
celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Vienna State Opera.
Conductor: Evelino Pidò | Director: Eric Génovèse
Set Designer: Jacques Gabel und Claire Sternberg | Costume Designer: Luisa Spinatelli
Lighting Designer: Bertrand Couderc | Choreographer: Johannes Haider
Choir Conductor: Thomas Lang
Gaetano Donizetti achieved an unparalleled triumph with Anna Bolena, which was premiered in Milan in 1830. The piece is notable for its numerous sparkling melodies and compelling musical drama, and within a short space of time countless opera houses around the world were including it in their repertoire. It is not without reason that the principal roles – the English queen Anne Boleyn, who has fallen from her husband’s favour, her lady-in-waiting and new lover of the king Jane Seymour, and Henry VIII and Lord Percy – are to this day on the wishlist of the greatest singers. In April 2011, this belcanto jewel was performed for the first time at the Vienna State Opera.