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Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role of Donizetti's Anna Bolena. [Photo by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.]
24 Sep 2015

Sondra Radvanovsky Stars in the Title Role of Anna Bolena

The First of Three Donizetti Queens She Will Sing at the Met This Season

Sondra Radvanovsky Stars in the Title Role of Anna Bolena

The Metropolitan Opera Press Release

Above: Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role of Donizetti's Anna Bolena. [Photo by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.]

 

David McVicar’s production, opening September 26, also stars Jamie Barton as Giovanna Seymour, Tamara Mumford as Smeton, Stephen Costello and Taylor Stayton as Lord Percy, and Ildar Abdrazakov as Enrico VIII. Radvanovsky will also sing the title role in Maria Stuarda and Elizabeth I in Roberto Devereux this season, a feat not accomplished on a New York stage since Beverly Sills in the 1970s.

New York, NY (September 24, 2015) – This Saturday, September 26, American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky will begin her season-long quest to sing all three of the principal heroines in Donizetti’s “Tudor trilogy,” being presented in its entirety for the first time at the Met this season. In the first opera, Anna Bolena, Radvanovsky stars as the young queen Anne Boleyn, grasping to hold onto the throne of England. Later this season, Radvanovsky will also star as the devout and doomed Mary, Queen of Scots in Maria Stuarda and as the conflicted Elizabeth I in the first-ever Met performances of Roberto Devereux. Radvanovsky will be the first soprano since Beverly Sills in the 1970s to sing the lead roles in all three operas in the course of a single New York season.

Anna Bolena also stars rising American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton as Giovanna, Anna Bolena’s lady-in-waiting turned rival, along with Tamara Mumford as Smeton, Stephen Costello as Anna’s first love Lord Riccardo Percy, and Ildar Abdrazakov as King Enrico VIII. In later performances, American tenor Taylor Stayton sings the role of Lord Riccardo Percy. Marco Armiliato conducts all performances of Anna Bolena at the Met this season.

Further information, including biographies of principal artists, is available in our online press room here.

Performances: September 26mat; October 1, 5, 9, 13; January 5, 9mat. Curtain times vary: complete schedulehere. Running time: 3 hours, 22 minutes, including one intermission.

Tickets begin at $25; for prices, more information, or to place an order, please call (212) 362-6000 or visit www.metopera.org. Special rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling (212) 341-5410 or visiting www.metopera.org/groups.

Same-day $25 rush tickets for all performances of Anna Bolena are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the Met’s Web site. Tickets will go on sale for performances Monday-Friday at noon, matinees four hours before curtain, and Saturday evenings at 2pm. To enter, click here.

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