The first opera chosen for the Gran Teatre del Liceu in the mid nineteenth century, Anna Bolena, is back with this story of the English queen unjustly condemned to death along with her supposed lover, for hiding her infidelity from her husband, the king.
The Liceu version, also based on Felice Romani’s libretto, – with its subtle characterization, logically linked situations and great dramatic efficacy – permitted Gaetano Donizetti to develop a new, more evolved dramatic idiom whose great force of expression relegated the Rossinian tradition to the past. The plots tells how the cruel Henry VIII had Anne Boleyn beheaded in order to marry Jane Seymour. The famous final scene, in which Anne, about to be executed, oscillates between lucidity and delirium («Al dolce guidami»), prefigures the madness scene in Lucia di Lammermoor.
Approximate running time -> Act I 90 min | Pause 30 min | Act II 95 min.
TOTAL 3h 35 min
Gran Teatre del Liceu (From 20/01/2011 to 05/03/2011) -> C/la Rambla, 51 | Ciutat Vella