From The Metropolitan Opera website:
The first of Donizetti’s operas to achieve wide success, Anna Bolena is based on the historical episode of the fall and death of England’s Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII. While many operas use history as a point of departure for storytelling, Anna Bolena stays closer to real events than most. The lead role was created by Giuditta Pasta, a great prima donna of her day who would also sing the premiere of Bellini’s Norma the following year.
Sondra Radvanovsky embarks on her quest to sing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens, here as Anne Boleyn. Ildar Abdrazakov is King Henry VIII, Jamie Barton is Jane Seymour, the king’s consort, and Stephen Costello plays the queen’s love interest in Sir David McVicar’s gripping period production. Marco Armiliato conducts.