Dates

16 May, 7 pm

Location

Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Online

Running time

1:10, 48 hours available

Tickets

€ 12,50

Donizetti queens in concert

The magic of belcanto

Compelling love duets, escalating conflicts and arias bursting with virtuosity and emotion. In his three Tudor Queens operas, bel canto master Gaetano Donizetti composed at the top of his game. In this concert, an international cast takes you on an exciting journey into the world of the high art of singing and presents an appetizer for the trilogy that DNO will bring in the coming seasons.

The concert will premiere online on 16 May at 19:00 hours and remain available for 48 hours.

The magic of belcanto

For the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, the English Tudor dynasty provided a rich source of inspiration. He wrote several operas about the crowned heads who ruled in a period full of religious and political conflicts, and he provided their most intimate feelings with superb musical expression.
 

Rivalry in politics and love

Rivalry and the price of the crown are central to all the Tudor operas. In Anna Bolena, Anne Boleyn, the tragic second wife of Henry VIII, sees herself being replaced by third wife Jane Seymour. In Maria Stuarda, Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Anne Boleyn, clashes with Mary Stuart, who, as a Catholic Scottish royal, poses a realistic threat to the crown. In Roberto Devereux we follow Elisabeth I in her final days, as she feels betrayed in politics and love by her favourite Robert Devereux.
 

Highlights

The concert presents highlights from these three operas in non-chronological order. The programme opens with Roberto Devereux's overture, in which Donizetti brilliantly incorporated the English national anthem, and builds up to the gripping finale of Anna Bolena, with the queen facing her executioner.
 

Kick-off the trilogy

With this concert, Dutch National Opera introduces the top artists who will return in the coming years. Dutch director Jetske Mijnssen directs and the Italian bel canto specialist Enrique Mazzola, chief conductor of Chicago Lyric Opera, is in charge of the musical direction of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra.
 

International stars

The virtuosity of bel canto requires artists of exceptional talent. In this concert, we introduce you to world-class singers who will also be with us in the years to come. Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka, previously Mathilde in Rossini's Guillaume Tell, shines in the roles of Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Elisabetta. The impressive American mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges portrays the rivals. Tenor Ismael Jordi, with his lyrical voice, is a perfect match for the male lovers, and Roberto Tagliavini, one of the most sought-after basses in this repertoire, gives glorious shape to the unpredictable and cruel Henry VIII, among others.

'With this concert, we introduce the top artists who will return in the coming years.'

Cast
Frederik Bergman
Frederik Bergman
Bass-baritone (Dutch National Opera Studio)
read more
Maksym Nazarenko
Maksym Nazarenko
Baritone (Dutch National Opera Studio)
read more
Maya Gour
Maya Gour
Mezzo-soprano (Dutch National Opera Studio)
read more

Credits

Musical director

Enrique Mazzola

Stage director

Jetske Mijnssen

Lighting designer

Michel van Reijn

Costume designer

Robby Duiveman

Dramaturgy

Luc Joosten

Orchestra

Nederlands Kamerorkest

Chorus

Chorus of Dutch National Opera

Chorus Master

Ching-Lien Wu

Order tickets

Loading tickets...
Opera online

Opera & Ballet online

Can't get enough of opera? Discover more than 2.584 hours of:

  • arias and opera fragments

  • behind the scenes videos

  • interviews & articles

Others also viewed
Ein deutsches Requiem
Opera
Ein deutsches Requiem
22 April 8:30 PM (CET) | Livestream
The Royal Concertgebouw, Online

‘Happy are the sorrowful, for they shall be comforted.’ These are the opening words of...

info & tickets
Goud!
Opera
Goud!
16 April 2021, 4 p.m. | 1 stream
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Online

A percussionist and a singer play and sing the story of a magical wish-fish that can make...

info & tickets
A song for the moon
Opera
A song for the moon
17 April 2021, 4 p.m. | 1 stream
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Online

Feeling lonely, Mole decides to write a song that will cheer up the moon. Grasshopper...

info & tickets