Anna Bolena is an Italian opera in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti, first performed in Milan, on December 26, 1830, libretto by Felice Romani. Donizetti's 33rd opera, it was his first major success and the work that established his reputation in Europe. Long neglected, the opera was revived to great acclaim by Maria Callas at La Scala in Milan in 1957, and has since been regularly performed, notably by Joan Sutherland, Montserrat Caballé and Beverly Sills.
Principal roles [change]
- Anna Bolena - soprano
- Giovanna Seymour - mezzo-soprano
- Enrico VIII - bass
- Lord Percy - tenor
- Smeaton - mezzo-soprano
- Lord Rochfort - bass
- Hervey - tenor
The action takes place in England in 1536.
The opera relates the stormy relationship between King Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn, and the king's new romantic interest in Jane Seymour. Anne is accused of treason and adultery and executed to make way for Jane to become his third wife.
- The Complete Dictionary of Opera & Operetta, James Anderson, Wings Books, 1993.