Met Opera on Demand Catalog
(Oct. 15, 2011)
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Librettist: Felice Romani
Armiliato; Netrebko, Gubanova, Costello, Abdrazakov
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 10 min.
David McVicar's atmospheric and brooding production captures the drama of this riveting piece of British history, retold as only Donizetti could. International superstar Anna Netrebko is Queen Anne Boleyn, trapped in an unhappy marriage to King Henry VIII (Ildar Abdrazakov) whose roving eye has settled on another woman—Jane Seymour (Ekaterina Gubanova), Anna's friend, but now her unwitting rival. Add in Anna's early love, Percy (Stephen Costello), just returned to the court from exile, and the result is a haunting, explosive account of Queen Anna's tragic final days, before she goes to her execution in one of the most moving and dazzling final scenes in all of opera.