Artists collective Opera by the Glass will present its contemporary interpretation of Gaetano Donizettis historical masterpiece, ANNA BOLENA, sponsored by the Museum of Ventura County for two special performances on Friday, November 17 (8:00pm), and Sunday, November 19, 2017 (5:00pm).
A thrilling bel canto opera in two acts, Anna Bolena recounts the final days of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England's notorious King Henry VIII, once he had lost interest in her and ruthlessly moved on to Jane Seymour. The fast-paced immersive experience is staged in the museums exquisite Martin V. & Martha K. Smith Pavilion, which is punctuated with striking walls of glass and river rock. Anna Bolena features first-rate Ventura-based artists in collaboration with performers from outside the area who have appeared in regional, national, and international productions.
"Anna Bolena is a magnificent, yet often-overlooked opera which rarely gets produced, despite having a tragic story, larger than life characters, and a fantastic score," says Zeffin Quinn Hollis, Opera by the Glass Artistic Director. "It's also incredibly accessible; since we all know the eventual fate of Henry's second wife, the plot is easy to follow for audiences new to opera."
Anna Bolena is widely considered the strongest of Donizetti's three "Tudor queen" operas, noted for its inspired music and fully realized characters. Donizetti's original opera was over 3 hours in duration; for this production, Opera by the Glass has carefully trimmed the work down to a more palatable 2-hour length. The high-quality production will be presented in its original Italian with English supertitles.
Hana Chelberg is featured in the challenging role of Anne Boleyn, the ambitious, doomed Tudor queen, as she languishes in anxiety, confusion, and eventual madness while facing execution (remedial spoiler: she's totally a goner). Dianna Burdick plays the conflicted Jane Seymour, who replaced Anne in the king's affections. Luvi Avendano is Lord Rochefort, Anne's brother, with whom she was accused of having an incestuous relationship. Lord Percy, Anne's former love, is played by Alex Rodin Mendoza. Sally Rose Bates, as Anne's page Mark Smeaton, and Ricardo Mota, as court official Sir Hervey, round out the cast.
FULL CAST AND CREATIVE
Zeffin Quinn Hollis, Artistic Director
Timothy León, Music Director/Conductor
Alexa Constantine, Assistant Conductor
Patricia DiStefano, Assistant Director
Andrew Johnston, Technical Director
Hana Chelberg, Anne Boleyn
Alex Rodin Mendoza, Lord Percy
Dianna Burdick, Jane Seymour
Sally Rose Bates, Mark Smeton
Luvi Avendano, Lord Rochfort
Ricardo Mota, Sir Hervey (Lord Percy COVER)
Rosa Chang, Lady Anne Zouche ofCodnor (Anne Boleyn COVER)
Jessie Massoudi, Lady Margaret Lee (née Wyatt)
Constance von Briesen-Kamm, Lady Margaret Coffyn
Grace Kim, Lady Elizabeth Browne, Countess of Worcester (Jane Seymour COVER)
Rachel Labovitch, Sir Francis Weston (Mark Smeton COVER)
Gabriel Paredes, Charles Brandon 1st Duke of Suffolk (Hervey COVER)
Carson Gilmore, Thomas Cromwell 1st Earl of Essex (Lord Rochfort COVER)
Esteban Rivas, Ambassador Chapuys
OPERA BY THE GLASS presents ANNA BOLENA
Friday, November 17 @ 8pm
Sunday, November 19 @ 5pm
Museum of Ventura County, Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Pavillion
100 East Main Street, Ventura CA 93001 (map)
"Royal court" tables or single tickets are available.