Anna Bolena

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Teatro Filharmonico 2017-18 Review – Anna Bolena: Irina Lungu & Annalisa Stroppa Lead Incredible Cast In Graham Vick’s Relevant Production
The Tudors were a colorful bunch of monarchs, who were never afraid to chop-off the odd head here and there, indulge themselves in various kinds of political and sexual intrigues, father the occasional bastard, change the country’s religion now and again whilst burning a few heretics along the way, and seemed positively addicted to controversy. Their history is littered with (in)famous events and characters, such as the execution of Mary,…
High Notes
Ranking All of Sir David McVicar’s Met Opera Productions
Sir David McVicar has been directing opera for quite some time, working with such prominent companies as the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Monnaie, and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He has also sustained a healthy relationship with the Metropolitan Opera, particularly in recent years where he has been given carte blanche to put together eight new productions, including two opening nights and two New…
Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Donizetti’s ‘Tudor Trilogy’ Episode I – ‘Anna Bolena’
“Anna Bolena” premiered on Dec. 26, 1830 and became the first of the Donizetti’s unofficial “Tudor Trilogy.” The opera was a major turning point for Donizetti as well, becoming one of the first operas to launch him to major acclaim in Italy. While the work was largely ignored for much of the early 20th century, the likes of Maria Callas and other prominent sopranos of the mid-20th century ensured that…
High Notes On This Day
7 Operas That Maria Callas Rescued From Obscurity
Maria Callas is arguably THE greatest opera star in history. Born on Dec. 2, 1923, the Greek singer (who was born in New York City) would become a turning point in the history of the art form, with some going so far as to claim there was a period “Before Callas” and one “After Callas.” Leonard Bernstein called her “The Bible of Opera.” Obviously transcendent figures cause great polarization and…
Interviews Stage Spotlight
Not Just Vocal Fluff – Soprano Irina Lungu On The Dramatic Depth of The Bel Canto Repertoire
While the bel canto repertoire is among the most popular in the operatic canon, most people are quick to dismiss the genre's overall quality, noting that the works themselves are simply a vehicle to show off a singer's virtuosity. But Irina Lungu could not disagree more. The Russian soprano, who has dedicated the first five months of 2017 to immersing herself in the repertoire with role debuts in "I Puritani,"…
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Artist Of The Week: Hibla Gerzmava Brings ‘Anna Bolena’ To Life At La Scala
Donizetti's "Anna Bolena" returns to the stage of the Teatro alla Scala after an absence of 35 years and with it comes a new leading lady, Hibla Gerzmava. Gerzmava, who has become an international star, is making a role debut in one of Bel Canto most demanding operas. Gerzmava has sung many Bel Canto roles by Donizetti including "Lucia di Lammermoor" and "L'Elisir d'Amore" but none of these roles compare to…
News
Everything You Need to Know About Canadian Opera Company’s 2017-18 Season
On Thursday, the Canadian Opera company has just announced its 2017-18 season which features six opera spanning from October 5, 2017 to May 26, 2018. The works selected for the new season feature mainly staples of the canonical repertoire though there is one rare work making an appearance this season. Jane Archibald is this season’s artist in residence. The announcement was made at an event that invited subscribers to hear…
High Notes On This Day
6 Iconic Singers Who Championed Donizetti’s ‘Anna Bolena,”Lucrezia Borgia’ & ‘Norma’
December 26 marks the premiere of three major operas of the Bel canto repertoire. Donizetti's "Anna Bolena" premiered the day after Christmas in 1830 while his "Lucrezia Borgia" premiered in 1833 of that same date. Meanwhile, Bellini's "Norma" premiered on the 26th of December in 1831. All three works share similarities in that they are some of the most difficult works for sopranos in all of opera. Given these challenges, it is…