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Anna Bolena (1984)

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King Henry VIII (Enrico VIII) of 16th century England falls in love with his queen's lady-in-waiting, Jane Seymour (Giovanna Seymour). The queen, Anne Boleyn (Anna Bolena) has a former ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Joan Sutherland ...
James Morris ...
Judith Forst ...
Michael Myers ...
Janet Stubbs ...
Gidon Saks ...
Lord Rochefort
Ben Heppner ...
Sir Hervey
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Richard Bonynge ...
Himself - Conductor


King Henry VIII (Enrico VIII) of 16th century England falls in love with his queen's lady-in-waiting, Jane Seymour (Giovanna Seymour). The queen, Anne Boleyn (Anna Bolena) has a former lover, Lord Percy, whom Heny recalls from exile in order to tempt the queen into a compromising situation. When Anne rebuffs Lord Percy because she is married, Percy threatens to kill himself. However, Henry rushes into the room with an entourage and claims the couple has betrayed him. Henry sends Percy and Anne to jail and eventually to their death. Written by Forrest Foor

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A great cast and production performing a Bel canto classic
20 July 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Donizetti's Anna Bolena is a Bel canto classic, full of interesting characters, an involving story and some of Donizett's best ever music. Complete with a great cast, this is a great production.

The costumes and sets are sumptuous and rich and helped by excellent video directing and good lighting. The orchestra playing is stylish and powerful and Richard Bonynge's conducting passionate and precise, apart from the Cabaletta Ah!Segnata E La Mia Sorte which is rather stodgy and lacks tension.

The cast as I've said are great. Of this particular period, this is for me one of Joan Sutherland's better performances. Her colouratura is still dazzling, and while her middle and low registers aren't as strong they are far from un-listenable either. Her acting is also to be commended, it is very regal and dramatically involved too, also it manages to be fun.

James Morris is not a favourite but the more I hear/see him the more I like him. While looks-wise he is the opposite of what you would expect from a powerful monarch like Henry VIII(ie. Henry VIII according to paintings was very overweight, Morris is not), he handles the role brilliantly. He is wonderfully attired, he is commanding and his bass-baritone voice is ideal.

Judith Forst gives a rich and sympathetic performance, Michael Myers(apart from a lot of his music being cut) is a convincing Percy and Janet Stubbs is suitably boyish and nimble. All in all, a Bel canto classic done justice. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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