Broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera continue on Classical 90.5 at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, February 4th, with a performance of Anna Bolena by Gaetano Donizetti. Felice Romani wrote the Italian libretto after Ippolito Pindemonte's Enrico VIII ossia Anna Bolena and Alessandro Pepoli's Anna Bolena, both telling of the life of Anne Boleyn. The performance will run approximately three hours and thirty minutes.
Anna Netrebko stars as the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king. She sings one of opera's greatest mad scenes in this Met premiere production by David McVicar. Ekaterina Gubanova is her rival, Jane Seymour, Ildar Abdrazakov sings Henry VIII, and Marco Armiliato conducts. "The lynchpin of the story," McVicar says, "is Anne Boleyn's inability to provide Henry with the male heir he craves. And, of course, to be a wife of Henry VIII is to risk as much as you gain."