Notes & Reviews:
Hot off her opening 2011 season appearance at the NY Metropolitan Opera, the Queen of The Met Anna Netrebko takes the lead role her much anticipated appearance in Anna Bolena with the Vienna State Opera. As with her previous opera performances on DVD from Deutsche Grammophone, expect quality high-definition transfer and bonus features.
"The extended last scene was the high point of Ms. Netrebko’s performance as the distraught British queen (based on the historic Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII). Having been falsely condemned for betraying her husband, Anna drifts in and out of sanity. Ms. Netrebko sang an elegantly sad aria with lustrous warmth, aching vulnerability and floating high notes... Ms. Netrebko dispatched Donizetti’s cabaletta, all fiery coloratura runs and vehement phrases, with a defiance that brought down the house." -The New York Times
"Ms Netrebko was in great vocal health and seems to have scored a personal triumph here and her interpretation must rank highly with her many predecessors... Anna Bolena requires the singer to be focussed and serious throughout a long evening and there are practically no moments for show-off vocal histrionics as everything is intrinsic to her story. Of course there are the composer’s familiar long, spun-out melodies at times and when given the opportunity Ms Netrebko’s voice revealed its characteristic pliability and pure resonant tones, and she phrased everything particularly thoughtfully. Her singing was particularly expressive, strong and true in the many confrontational scenes; including an intense duet with Jane Seymour, during the course of which it is revealed that she is her rival. Donizetti’s over-extended last scene was naturally the high point of her performance as, having been possibly falsely condemned for betraying her husband, Anna begins to lose her sanity. Anna Netrebko sang her poignant sad aria warmly, vulnerably and with floating top notes." -SeenAndHeard-International.com
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Works DetailsDonizetti, Gaetano : Anna Bolena
- Performers: Anna Netrebko (Soprano); Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano); Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Baritone)
- Conductor: Evelino Pidò
- Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1830