Smeaton - Anna Bolena - Théâtre des Champs Élysées - Paris

2022, 11th April at 19h30

Anna Bolena Sonya Yoncheva
Giovanna Seymour Marianne Crebassa
Enrico VIII Erwin Schrott
Lord Riccardo Percy Enea Scala
Lord Rochefort Matthieu Lécroart
Sir Hervey Raphaël Brémard
Smeaton Héloïse Mas

Orchestre de chambre de Paris

Ensemble Lyrique Champagne-Ardenne

Conductor Maurizio Benini

An essential romantic masterpiece, Anna Bolenarelates the tragic fate of Anne de Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII of England, who is suddenly abandoned in favor of the sovereign's new favorite, Jeanne Seymour. This opera seria marks Donizetti's first real triumph in 1830, thanks to the dramatic density of the characters and the incredible mastery of the art of bel canto demonstrated by the young and talented composer. If the ensemble scenes bear witness to this in particular by their brilliance and ingenuity, it is to the unfortunate heroine that the most wonderful and spectacular vocal line goes by right, even more intense obviously when it falls into the background. madness… The title role was, moreover, so demanding that it was not sung for several decades; it took the genius of Maria Callas to resuscitate opera in 1957 after years of sidelining! The sumptuous Sonya Yoncheva, soprano with a golden voice who reaped praise after praise as her repertoire expands, should once again delight lyricophiles with the unprecedented incarnation of this historical character, whom she will know without question. make it heartbreaking in view of her sensational qualities as a tragedian. Facing her will stand a shock rival: Marianne Crebassa, emblematic mezzo-soprano of the new French lyric scene, will take on the role of Jeanne Seymour for the first time, taking advantage of her ample and warm velvet voice to radiate a thousand charms and thus defeat its fallen competitor.