Dates

16 May, 7 pm

Location

Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Online

Running time

1:30, 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 7 PM (CET) and will 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.’

Trailer

Donizetti Queens in concert

Important

Donizetti Queens in Concert will premiere online on 16 May at 7 PM (CET) and will remain available for 48 hours after that. On 18 May you can purchase a ticket for the stream until PM (CET) and also start the stream until PM (CET). If you start the stream later, you will not be able to watch the entire concert. 

Do you need help? Then take a look at our frequently asked questions via the link below. 

Our video support team is also ready to assist you on 16 May from 6 PM to 8:30 PM (CET) and on 17 and 18 May from 12 PM to 6 PM (CET). Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or call +31 20 5518 044.

 

Quiz

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

Chorus Master

Klaas-Jan de Groot

Donizetti Queens
Donizetti Queens
Donizetti Queens
Donizetti Queens

Photos: Ben van Duin

Nederlands Chamber Orchestra

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, led by master violinist Gordan Nikolić, is a small, intimate orchestra with 25 to 45 musicians and knows how to drag the audience along with thrilling ensemble playing. The orchestra can be heard regularly in the Royal Concertgebow, but the orchestra always enjoys playing in other concert halls as well. As a permanent orchestra partner of Dutch National Opera, the orchestra is internationally regarded as one of the best opera orchestras.

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