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Donizetti’s Bel Canto Masterpiece Anna Bolena Comes to the Clark, Live From the Met

For Immediate Release

October 05, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—David McVicar’s dramatic and ferocious production of Donizetti’s masterpiece Anna Bolena comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, October 15 at 1:00 pm, live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera. On opening night, celebrated soprano Anna Netrebko, as Anna Bolena, “dispatched Donizetti’s cabaletta, all brilliant coloratura runs and vehement phrases, with a defiance that brought down the house” (The New York Times). Refreshments will be available for purchase during intermission. Tickets are $25 ($18 for members and students) and may be ordered online or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638). The box office will also be open one hour before the performance and the doors will open one half-hour before the performance.

Of all the episodes in world history, few have excited such a feverish and enduring cultural fascination as the romantic, political, and religious tribulations of the court of King Henry VIII. Anne Boleyn, the king’s second wife, exerts an especially powerful hold on the collective imagination—even some 500 years after she was sent to the Tower of London to be beheaded. Now, at last, the queen makes her way to the Met, where Anna Netrebko takes on the legendary title role in Donizetti’s bel canto masterpiece, which has been a musical and dramatic showpiece for many of history’s greatest singers. The opera makes its Met premiere in a new production by David McVicar, whose staging of Il Trovatore was a best-selling Live in HD presentation last season. Powerhouse Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova sings the role of Giovanna Seymour, Bolena’s lady-in-waiting and romantic rival; Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov is the cruel King Enrico (Henry) VIII; and Stephen Costello and Tamara Mumford are the queen’s allies, Lord Percy and Smeaton. Italian conductor Marco Armiliato leads the MET Orchestra in what is widely considered one of Donizetti’s finest scores. On opening night, “Anna Netrebko score[d] a huge success in her most challenging role yet,” says Associated Press “she can melt our hearts one moment with a soft high C of great delicacy, then pin us to the backs of our seats the next with a ferocious outburst of notes.”

The Met: Live in HD 2011-2012 Season continues with Mozart’s Don Giovanni
on October 29, Wagner’s Siegfried (encore performance) on November 6; Glass’s Satyagraha on November 19; Handel’s Rodelinda on December 3; Gounod’s Faust on December 10; The Enchanted Island by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others on January 21; Wagner’s Götterdämmerung on February 11; Verdi’s Ernani on February 25; Massenet’s Manon on April 7; and Verdi’s La Traviata on April 14. The Clark’s intimate auditorium is one of the best performance venues in the region, with comfortable seating and souring acoustics. Tickets are $25 ($18 for members and students) and may be ordered online or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638).

The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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October 15: David McVicar’s dramatic and ferocious production of Donizetti’s masterpiece Anna Bolena comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, October 15 at 1:00 pm, live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera. On opening night, celebrated soprano Anna Netrebko, as Anna Bolena, “dispatched Donizetti’s cabaletta, all brilliant coloratura runs and vehement phrases, with a defiance that brought down the house” (The New York Times). Refreshments will be available for purchase during intermission. Tickets are $25 ($18 for members and students) and may be ordered online or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638). The box office will also be open one hour before the performance and the doors will open one half-hour before the performance.  The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

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