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Donizetti's Anna Bolena

Ordway, St Paul's, Minnesota, November 10-18, 2012.

Photographs by Michal Daniel, courtesy of Minnesota Opera

 

Minnesota Opera's production of Anna Bolena got a mainly positive response from critics.  William Fietzer (examiner.com, November 11, 2012) complimented all the singers and summed up by saying that the show should not be missed. Jay Furst (Post-Bulletin.com, November 14, 2012) particularly praised Keri Alkema and Kyle Ketelsen. Larry Fuchsberg (StarTribune, November 11, 2012 ) was also in  agreement about the production although thought the orchestra could have been louder but ended his review "For me, Donizetti's music, in which Minnesota Opera has been heavily invested, tends to occasion some disappointment. The composer's productivity still astounds. He wrote gorgeously for voices, women's in particular, and could charge an unaccompanied vocal line with deep and discordant feelings. Yet his operas, formulaic in their architecture, seldom take wing. Is it time for a moratorium?"  - a sentiment I doubt that members of the Society will agree with.

 

The Team

Anna Bolena - Keri Alkema

Enrico VIII, King of England - Kyle Ketelsen

Giovanna Seymour - Lauren McNeese

Lord Riccardo Percy - David Portillo

Lord Rochefort - Richard Ollarsaba

Smeton - Victoria Vargas

Sir Hervey - John Robert Lindsey

 

Conductor -  Michael Christie

Stage director - Kevin Newbury

Set designer - Neil Patel

Costume designer - Jessica Jahn

Lighting designer - D. M. Wood   

 

The Minnesota Opera Chorus and Orchestra

  

 

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Giovanna

 

 

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Anna

 

 

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Enrico and Giovanna

 

 

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Anna

 

 

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Anna and Percy

 

 

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Smeton

 

 

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Anna and Giovanna

 

 

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Anna

 

 

 

 

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