Saturday, September 26, 2015

Saturday Afternoon on the Upper West Side: Opening Night of "Anna Bolena" at the Metropolitan Opera

(Videos courtesy Metropolitan Opera) (Video and text courtesy VIC TORIYA)

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky embarks on her quest to vocally conquer all three of Donizetti’s historic Tudor queen operas in the same season, here as a young royal grasping at power and paying a terrible price. Bass Ildar Abdrazakov is King Henry VIII, not one of history’s kindest husbands; mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton is Jane Seymour, the king’s consort and the reason the queen loses her head. Tenor Stephen Costello plays the queen’s love interest in Sir David McVicar’s gripping period production. Marco Armiliato conducts.