04 Sep Stage Costume Meets Your Wardrobe: Anna Bolena at Kennedy Center
by ATFDC Contributor Sophie-Marie
This Fall, the Washington National Opera is staging a production of Gaetano Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, an 1830 opera about the final days of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I of England. Popularized by Maria Callas, Beverly Sills and more recently Anna Netrebko, the opera is one of my favourites, as much because I’m a huge fan of Anne Boleyn as for the wonderful music and for the exquisite vocal acrobatics (when executed properly…) that are so characteristic of bel-canto style.
- The famous duet scene where Jane Seymour tells Anne that she is the other woman Henry is abandoning her for. Explosive. Sung by Maria Callas and Giulietta Simionato. http://www.youtube.com/watch?
- The madness scene. Donizetti is famous for his madness scenes (Lucia di Lammermoor, anyone), and this one is exquisite. Knowing Henry doesn’t love her anymore and is having her executed, Anne looses her head. It is incredibly touching. Sung by Maria Callas. http://www.youtube.com/watch?
To learn more about the WNO production and purchase tickets, visit: http://www.kennedy-
Sophie-Marie was born in a small French-speaking Mediterranean country and moved to the DC area in 2006. In 2010, she started her freshman year of college at NYU in Paris and then took a gap year during which she used her free time to blog (http://sonushka.com) and cultivate herself as much as possible. History, languages, film, anything about the 1950s and before, literature (19th century French Romanticism is my favourite), opera, are among the many things that inspire her and her style. Follow her on twitter @miss_