A performance from the Metropolitan Opera in New York of Donizetti's tragic opera Anna Bolena, starring Anna Netrebko as the ill-fated queen and Ekaterina Gubanova as Jane Seymour.
Donizetti's Anna Bolena live from the Met.
Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.
Anna Netrebko portrays the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king, in Donizetti's tragic two-act opera. She sings one of opera's greatest mad scenes as Henry VIII abandons her and takes up with Jane Seymour, previously her lady-in-waiting. Ekaterina Gubanova sings Jane, Ildar Abdrazakov takes the role of Henry VIII, and Marco Armiliato conducts.
Anna Bolena ..... Anna Netrebko (soprano)
Giovanna Seymour ..... Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo-soprano)
Enrico VIII ..... Ildar Abdrazakov (bass)
Smeaton ..... Tamara Mumford (contralto)
Lord Riccardo Percy ..... Stephen Costello (tenor)
New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Marco Armiliato (conductor).