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    Anna Bolena

    at The Rose Nagelberg Theater

    Ashraf Sewailam, Stage Director
    David Štech, Conductor and Music Director

    Anna Bolena (premiered in Milan in 1830) as the second of Donizetti’s four “Tudor” operas, preceded by Il castello di Kenilworth (1829), and later including Maria Stuarda (1834/35) and Roberto Devereux (1837).  The fictionalized account of the last days of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, and mother of Elizabeth I has a masterful libretto by Felice Romani.  The original cast, including two of the finest singers of the day, Giuditta Pasta and Giovanni Battista Rubini, combined with Donizetti’s formal innovations, made the piece a breakout composition in his output.  dell’Arte Opera Ensemble last presented Anna Bolena in 2010 at Theatre 80 St. Marks. The cast of that production have distinguished themselves well, with Met debuts by Matthew Anchel and Blythe Gaissert; Cherry Duke serving as a respected and vibrant teacher at University of Texas, El Paso; Kirk Dougherty navigating a strong regional solo career with appearances at Sarasota Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, Utah Festival Opera, etc.; and Jill Dewsnup, who in addition to her solo appearances has served in the choruses of the Metropolitan Opera and the Chicago Lyric Opera.

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    Cast ACast B
    Enrico VIIIConnor Lidell
    Anna BolenaChristine LyonsMonica Niemi
    Giovanna SeymourChristina EsserJessica Mirshak
    Lord RochefortIan JoyalRick Agster
    Lord Riccardo PercyFrederick SchlickStephen Steffens
    SmetonSarahAnn DuffyAndrea Howland Myers
    Sir HerveyTyler DobiesStefan Barner

    Creative Team

    Addie Rose Forstman — 1st Lady in Waiting
    Flavia Darcie — 2nd Lady in Waiting
    Perri di Christina — 
    Rick Agster — Ensemble
    Shane Brown — Ensemble
    Stefan Barner — Ensemble