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Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Canadian Opera Company, Joan Sutherland, James Morris - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2001)

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Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Canadian Opera Company, Joan Sutherland, James Morris - Donizetti: Anna Bolena  (2001)

Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Canadian Opera Company, Joan Sutherland, James Morris - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2001)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 157 min | 4,29 Gb (DVD5)
Classical | Label: VAI | Sub: English | Recorded: 1984

It would have been better, of course, if this 1984 production of Donizetti's Anna Bolena, or at least its title role, had been filmed 20 years earlier, when Joan Sutherland's voice was in its spectacular prime. But like her Canadian Opera Norma, dating from 1981, this is a better-late-than-never documentation of one of the most remarkable voices of the 20th century.
Lotfi Mansouri spared no effort or expense in making this production special. He personally directed the staging, and handpicked an outstanding cast (right down to the very young and then-unknown Ben Heppner in the small role of Hervey). The visual elements–sets, costumes, and camera work–are also handled with great care, and Sutherland's positive response to this dedication can be sensed in her performance as the unfortunate wife of King Henry VIII. James Morris is best-known as a Wagnerian singer–perhaps the leading Wotan of our time–but he is equally at home in many of the villainous roles that are the fate of bass- baritones (Iago, Scarpia, Don Giovanni). In this sinister tale of an innocent woman ruthlessly destroyed, he shows a surprising knack for the bel canto style. Judith Forst is also excellent in the role of Jane Seymour.
–Joe McLellan

Performer:
Anna Boleyn – Joan Sutherland
Henry VIII – James Morris
Jane Seymour – Judith Forst
Lord Percy – Michael Myers
Smeton – Janet Stubbs
Lord Rochefort – Gidon Saks
Hervey – Ben Heppner
Orchestra and Chorus of the Canadian Opera Company
Conductor – Richard Bonynge

Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Canadian Opera Company, Joan Sutherland, James Morris - Donizetti: Anna Bolena  (2001)
Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Canadian Opera Company, Joan Sutherland, James Morris - Donizetti: Anna Bolena  (2001)
Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Canadian Opera Company, Joan Sutherland, James Morris - Donizetti: Anna Bolena  (2001)
Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Canadian Opera Company, Joan Sutherland, James Morris - Donizetti: Anna Bolena  (2001)
Richard Bonynge, Orchestra of the Canadian Opera Company, Joan Sutherland, James Morris - Donizetti: Anna Bolena  (2001)