Sondra Radvanovsky embarks on her quest to sing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens, here as Anne Boleyn. Ildar Abdrazakov is King Henry VIII, Jamie Barton is Jane Seymour, the king’s consort, and Stephen Costello plays the queen’s love interest in Sir David McVicar’s gripping period production. Marco Armiliato conducts.
“Ms. Radvanovsky’s technical command in this daunting Donizetti role was flawless. She is a true inheritor to the Callas approach to Bel Canto repertory... [She] sings with wondrous command of subtle shadings and vibrato... The superb mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton... held her own... [Her] sumptuous voice has utterly unforced carrying power... Ildar Abdrazakov’s stentorian voice and imposing presence were ideal for the ruthless Enrico” —New York Times
“Radvanovsky is embarking on the company’s first tour of the composer’s three Tudor queens, and this first installment was an absolutely spectacular start.” —New York Classical Review