Dates

10-29 May 2022

Location

Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Auditorium

Running time

3:30, incl. 1 intermission

Tickets

From €28

Anna Bolena

The price of the crown

‘Success, Triumph, Delirium!’ – exclaimed the audience at the 1830 premiere of Anna Bolena in Milan. The opera about the tragic fate of the English queen marked one of the most impressive moments in the career of the bel canto composer Donizetti. With his magnificent, melodious music, he transformed historical facts into a world of intense emotions, deeply moving to this day.

The price of the crown

Anna Bolena is based on the life of Anne Boleyn, mother of Queen Elizabeth I. She was the second wife of King Henry VIII, who had her removed so he could marry his mistress, Jane Seymour. It is an opera about power, passion, honour and vulnerability during turbulent times, with tragic consequences.

 

First part of the trilogy

Internationally acclaimed Dutch opera director Jetske Mijnssen, winner of the ‘Grand Prix de la Critique’ in 2016, delves deep into the psyche of the opera’s characters. At the musical helm of this project is Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola, Chicago Lyric Opera’s new music director. He is internationally acknowledged as the bel canto specialist and leads the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in this production.

For this production a wonderful cast of great voices and strong theatrical personalities has been brought together. The fantastic Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka, who is one of the very few soloists in the world who can sing all three of the Donizetti queens, will perform the title role.

Performance information

Libretto  Felice Romani

Musical direction  Enrique Mazzola
Stage direction  Jetske Mijnssen
Set design  Ben Baur
Costumes  Klaus Bruns
Lighting design  Cor van den Brink
Choreography  Lilian Stillwell
Dramaturgy  Luc Joosten

Enrico VIII  Adrian Sâmpetrean
Anna Bolena  Marina Rebeka
Giovanna Seymour  Raffaella Lupinacci
Lord Riccardo Percy  Ismael Jordi
Lord Rochefort  Frederik Bergman **
Smeton  Cecilia Molinari
Signor Hervey  Ian Matthew Castro*

* Dutch National Opera Studio
** Alumni Dutch National Opera Studio

Dancers  
Alaaeddin Baker, Suzanne de Bekker, Alina Fejzo, Sho Nakasatomi,  Renzo Popolizio, Ismael Del Valle Espinosa, Carolina Verra, Demi Wals, Facundo Ebenegger (reserve), Marta Bianchi (reserve) 

Child extras
Mila Gelders, Yara Swaab 

Orchestra  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Chorus  Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus conductor  Klaas-Jan de Groot

Coproduction with Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia (Valencia) and Teatro di San Carlo (Naples)

Lyrical tragedy in two acts (1830)
Sung in Italian

Free online programme booklet

Click on the link below and receive the free online programme booklet before the premiere. The booklet contains beautiful images and everything you need to know about the music and cast!

Introduction

Almost every performance at Dutch National Opera & Ballet is preceded by an introduction, with background information that can deepen your theater visit. The introductions are in Dutch and admission is free by showing a valid ticket.

Introduction Anna Bolena by: Naomi Teekens

Time: 45 minutes before the start of each performance
Location: Odeonzaal; entrance between the even and odd cloakrooms

Rave reviews
In the media
11 May

Rarely have I seen the audience explode in such applause as after the final chord ... Go see and hear it!

11 May

The highlight is Marina Rebeka in the title role. Her soprano is sleek, radiant and athletic, her stage presence incredibly powerful.

11 May

An extremely nuanced and sophisticated production by Jetske Mijnssen ... Mijnssen gives her staging a psychological structure with striking details, and it works fantastically well.

11 May

Marina Rebeka's technique is amazing and you can listen to her smooth voice for hours. She is the ideal bel canto diva.

11 May

The performance of this complicated opera is of an overwhelming, but very subdued beauty ... Enrique Mazzola makes the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra thunder and then whisper very delicately and softly.

Artists
Cast

Teaser Anna Bolena

Teaser Anna Bolena
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

For more than 30 years, The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra | The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra has been the primary orchestral partner of Dutch National Opera. It is counted among the best opera orchestras of the world. The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam is the main podium for the orchestra’s concerts. In addition to the programmes with chief conductor Lorenzo Viotti and Gordan Nikolić (musical director of The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra), the orchestra works with internationally renowned guest conductors and soloists, as well as with a new generation of excellent musicians.

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

The orchestra strives to make classical music accessible to everyone who is open to it. On countless stages, the orchestra brings people together through music and provides an excellent musical experience for both experienced and new audiences. With its welcoming and open home, the NedPhO-Dome in the ‘Indische Buurt’ in Amsterdam, the orchestra is situated in the heart of the community. In the 21/22 season, The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra will join us for the season opener Der Zwerg and the DNO productions Missa in tempore belli, La traviata, the world premiere of Eurydice – Die Liebenden, blind and Tosca. The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra will participate in Don Giovanni and Anna Bolena.

Jetske Mijnssen about Anna Bolena

video Anna Bolena

Anna Bolena - Podcast

Scènebeeld Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Scene from Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Scènebeeld Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Scene from Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Scènebeeld Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Scene from Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Scènebeeld Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Scene from Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Scènebeeld Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Scene from Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Scènebeeld Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Scene from Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Scènebeeld Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Scene from Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Scènebeeld Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Scene from Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Scènebeeld Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Scene from Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Scènebeeld Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Scene from Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | Marina Rebeka and Adrian Sâmpetrean | © Ben van Duin | © Ben van Duin
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin | Raffaella Lupinacci
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | Raffaella Lupinacci | © Ben van Duin
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | Raffaella Lupinacci and Marina Rebeka | © Ben van Duin
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | Ian Matthew Castro | © Ben van Duin
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | Ismael Jordi, Adrian Sâmpetrean and Marina Rebeka | © Ben van Duin
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | Ismael Jordi and Marina Rebeka | © Ben van Duin
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | Marina Rebeka | © Ben van Duin
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | Adrian Sâmpetrean | © Ben van Duin
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | Marina Rebeka and Raffaella Lupinacci | © Ben van Duin
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin | Marina Rebeka en Ismael Jordi
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | Marina Rebeka and Ismael Jordi | © Ben van Duin
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin |
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | Adrian Sâmpetrean and Raffaella Lupinacci | © Ben van Duin
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | director Jetske Mijnssen and Ismael Jordi | © Ben van Duin
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | © Ben van Duin
Rehearsal Anna Bolena | conductor Enrique Mazzola and director Jetske Mijnssen | © Ben van Duin

Enrique Mazzola explaining Belcanto

Enrique Mazzola explaining Belcanto

Al dolce guidami (Anna Bolena) by Marina Rebeka

Marina Rebeka

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