Afternoon at the Opera

Anna Bolena

Image of Anna Bolena from opera.

From Anna Bolena. Lyric Opera

Anne Boleyn may be Queen of England, but she doesn't stand a chance. Henry VIII wants her gone — with Jane Seymour taking her place on the throne and in his bed. And Henry's minions do the dirty work, finding "proof" of Anne's infidelities.

Donizetti exploits all of the glories of the human voice in this bel canto gem and trailblazes with a theatricality that hadn't been seen in opera before. Listen to vocal fireworks and watch one of opera's most gripping confrontations: the Queen rages when she finally discovers that Jane is her arch rival, and Jane is haunted by guilt — desperate to marry the King, yet knowing that she's the reason he'll send Anne to the scaffold.

Maria Callas and Joan Sutherland made this opera famous—and today Sondra Radvanovsky makes it her own.

Lyric Opera coproduction generously made possible by The Monument Trust (UK)and the Donna Van Eekeren Foundation.

Coproduction of Lyric Opera of Chicago and Minnesota Opera.