10-29 May 2022
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Auditorium
3:30, incl. 1 intermission
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.
Libretto Felice Romani
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
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)
Mila Gelders, Yara Swaab
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!
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
Rarely have I seen the audience explode in such applause as after the final chord ... Go see and hear it!
The highlight is Marina Rebeka in the title role. Her soprano is sleek, radiant and athletic, her stage presence incredibly powerful.
An extremely nuanced and sophisticated production by Jetske Mijnssen ... Mijnssen gives her staging a psychological structure with striking details, and it works fantastically well.
Marina Rebeka's technique is amazing and you can listen to her smooth voice for hours. She is the ideal bel canto diva.
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.
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.
Anna Bolena - Podcast
De belcanto revolutie van Enrique Mazzola - Operamagazine.nl