Friday, September 23, 2011

Dress Rehearsal, Anna Bolena, Met, NYC 22. Sep 2011

The Metropolitan Opera’s sixth season of free open dress rehearsals has begun on 22. September with the company premiere of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, starring Anna Netrebko in the title role. The production, which opens the Met’s 2011-12 season on 26. September, is directed by David McVicar and conducted by Marco Armiliato. The cast also stars Ekaterina Gubanova as Jane Seymour, Ildar Abdrazakov as Henry VIII, Stephen Costello as Lord Riccardo Percy and Tamara Mumford as Smeton.

The 2,500 free tickets, limited to two per person, have been distributed through an online drawing held on the Met’s website.

Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Text by Felici Romani

Dress Rehearsal, Met, NYC 22. Sep 2011

Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Anna Bolena: Anna Netrebko
Giovanna Seymour: Ekaterina Gubanova
Smeton: Tamara Mumford
Lord Riccardo Percy: Stephen Costello
Enrico VIII: Ildar Abdrazakov

Production: David McVicar
Set Designer: Robert Jones
Costume Designer: Jenny Tiramani
Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
Choreographer: Andrew George

Howard's wife, Paula, attended the show and sent a message to her husband at the intermission. Howard shared Paula's impressions with us:
"She was so impressed with costumes, lighting and staging but emphasized that singing was simply glorious. Costello is wonderful as was rest of cast. She said that this was Anna's new defining moment."
John also attended the show and said:
"I was very fortunate to attend the dress rehersal for Anna Bolena today at the Met. In spite of a stage elevator glitch the performance was one of the best I have ever seen. Well done to the cast and crew of the Met and to the generous benefactors who make it happen. I enjoyed Anna's performance most of all, she owns this role. I have tickets to a performance of Anna Bolena later in the season. I can't wait to see her perform the role again." 
Check La Cieca's Blog Parterre Box for more reports.

"Coppia Iniqua" - Anna Bolena, Met, NYC 22. Sep 2011

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