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Melbourne Opera: Donizetti’s Anna Bolena

November 2, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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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.

“This is a thrilling drama full of vocal fireworks, romance, passion and tragedy. We are blessed with a cast of outstanding singing actors essential to really serve the drama of Donizetti. Having begun my directing life as a theatre director I really appreciate the excellent dramatic structure of these Bel Canto works,” says Suzanne.

Melbourne Opera has once again assembled an illustrious cast of international and local singers for the Australian professional premiere of this beautiful 19thCentury opera, the first of Donizetti’s works to achieve wide success.

International soprano Elena Xanthoudakis returns from a triumphant tour of the United Kingdom to star in the demanding title role, following outstanding reviews of her powerful performance in Melbourne Opera’s Mary Stuart last year.

Tickets to Anna Bolena are on sale now via Ticketek.


November 2, 2016
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm


The Athenaeum Theatre
188 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
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