2, 5, 9th November, 2016.
Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne.
Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University.
2hrs 30m, one 20 minute interval.
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Conductor: Greg Hocking
Director: Suzanne Chaundy
Starring: Elena Xanthoudakis, Sally Anne-Russell Eddie Muliaumaseali’i,
Following the sold out triumph of Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) last year, Melbourne Opera continues the great Donizetti trilogy bringing the Bel Canto masterpiece Anna Bolena (Anne Boleyn) to The Athenaeum for the first time this November. This production is the second exploration of Donizetti’s Tudor operas with Melbourne Opera staging a third Australian premiere when it presents Roberto Devereux in 2017.
Once again, Melbourne Opera is thrilled to be working with Music Director of the former Victoria State Opera Richard Divall, who has prepared a new edition and translation for this season. Melbourne Opera Director Greg Hocking and Head of Music Raymond Lawrence will share the conducting of the distinguished cast and highly praised Melbourne Opera chorus and orchestra.
After bringing opera to The Regent Theatre for the very first time with the critically acclaimed production of Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Melbourne Opera are once again working with accomplished director Suzanne Chaundy for their third new production for 2016.
Linking their trilogy, Melbourne Opera has been sure to include the brief appearance of Anne’s daughter Elizabeth I (played demurely by Evie Rose Lowcock), who is the one character to appear in each of Donizetti’s Tudor operas.