Anna Netrebko will star as Anna Bolena at the opening night of the MET 2011-2012 season. Gelb had discussed with Netrebko having her perform all three queens, but Netrebko decided she would commit to only one at this time. Joyce di Donato is in discussions with the Met to sing Mary Queen of Scots in 2012-2013.
"I am very excited to be taking on Donizetti's Anna Bolena" Netrebko said in a statement. "Fortunately, it's far enough in the future that I'll have time to learn it really well — the mad scene is even greater than the one in Lucia di Lammermoor, and the tragedy is awesome. But I don't get to die in this one: The opera ends just before she gets beheaded!"
MET Plans to Stage Donizetti Queens, Ronald Blum, AP, 31. January 2008