ANNA BOLENAGaetano Donizetti
Tragedia lirica in two acts
Libretto by Felice Romani, based upon Ippolito Pindemonte’s
Enrico VIII ossia Anna Bolena, and upon Alessandro Pepoli’s Anna Bolena
Anna Bolena, the light in the flashing of an axe.
Between classical clarity and a profound nostalgically romantic premonition, Anna Bolena is the tragedy of the solitude of a helpless individual set against the solitude of the powerful, woven into a melodic and dramatic thread that its composer inherited from Rossini, and a precursor of the spirited nationalist colours of the Verdi of the Risorgimento. This monumental musical discourse of the loss of reality which is Anna Bolena emerges like a powerful lighthouse freshly illuminating the Italian melodrama at a time of uncertainty. It is a light which the unfortunate queen will see in the blade of her executioner’s axe.