ANNA NETREBKO IN ANNA BOLENA
Star soprano Anna Netrebko takes on the legendary title role in Donizetti’s bel canto masterpiece, which has been a musical and dramatic showpiece for many of history’s greatest singers. The opera, based on the final tragic days of Anne Boleyn, makes its Met premiere in a new production by David McVicar, whose staging of Il Trovatore was a best-selling Live in HD presentation last season. Powerhouse Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova sings the role of Giovanna Seymour, Bolena’s lady-in-waiting and romantic rival; Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov is the cruel King Enrico (Henry) VIII; and Stephen Costello and Tamara Mumford are the queen’s allies, Lord Percy and Smeaton. Italian conductor Marco Armiliato leads the MET Orchestra in what is widely considered one of Donizetti’s finest scores.