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Anna Bolena with OperaBox

posted 31 Jan 2015, 19:16 by Thomas Friberg   [ updated 31 Jan 2015, 19:26 ]
PREVIEW: 6:30pm Sun 25th Jan 2015, Darlington Hall, Darlington 
7:30pm Wed 28th Jan 2015, St Hilda’s Performing Arts Centre, Mosman Park 
7:30pm Sat 31st Jan 2015, St Hilda’s Performing Arts Centre, Mosman Park 
7:30pm Wed 4th Feb 2015, RNDM Performing Arts Centre, Sacred Heart College, Sorrento


From the OperaBox Website

FRINGE WORLD Festival 2015 and OperaBox are thrilled to present the modern Australian premiere of Donizetti’s Tudor Queen opera Anna Bolena.  This fully-staged production is presented on a grand scale complete with a stellar cast, chorus and full orchestra in state-of-the-art theatres with orchestra pits.
 
A thrilling story of power and desire, Anna Bolena portrays the heart-stopping final days of Queen Anne Boleyn, the infamous second wife of Henry VIII.
 
Director Sarah McKellar’s dynamic and relevant production explores the psychology of a Queen who lost power, identity and eventually her life when she lost the favour of the king.  “Anne Boleyn has long been an intriguing historical figure. For some, she is The Other Woman they love to hate, and for others she is The Victim,” says McKellar. “Donizetti’s opera is fantastic in that he doesn’t give us a cut-and-dried Anne – he shows us both her strength and vulnerability. The opera takes place in a royal court rife with politics and fear. Everybody is a spy, nobody feels safe. They turn on each other. People are beheaded. This is the Game of Thrones of the Tudor period.”
 
Christopher Dragon, one of Australia’s most exciting young conductors brings Donizetti’s dramatic and melodic score to life alongside one of Australia’s most outstanding and popular tenors Henry Choo. Henry will perform with a cast of Perth opera singers; Jenna Robertson in the title role, Michael Heap as Henry VIII, Eva-Marie Middleton, Thomas Friberg, Courtney Pitman and Simon Wood, a chorus and a stunning 35-piece orchestra.
 
Due to the success of Showtime’s TV series The Tudors, Anna Bolena now has a place in the repertory of opera houses all over the world but has not yet been performed in Western Australia. Take this rare opportunity to experience Donizetti’s dramatic opera at a theatre near you.  Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
 
“This might be unusual Fringe fare, but it's worth every nickel. Catch it if you can.” David Zampatti, The West Australian, Fringe World 2014
 
Tickets available at: www.fringeworld.com.au.
Preview $35.  Other nights $39, Groups 6+ $37
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Musical Director and Conductor - Christopher Dragon
Director - Sarah McKellar
Assistant Director - Claire Thomas
Set and Projection Designer - Blair Parkinson
Costume Designer - Merri Ford
Lighting Designer - Beth Ewell
Hair Designer - Maddy Connellan
Chorus Master - Nola Formentin
Advisor - Jolanta Nagajek
 
Cast
 
Lord Riccardo Percy - Henry Choo
Anna Bolena - Jenna Robertson
Enrico VIII - Michael Heap
Giovanna Seymour - Eva-Marie Middleton
Lord Rochefort - Thomas Friberg
Smeton - Courtney Pitman
Hervey/Chorus - Simon Wood
Chorus - Sonni Byrne, Dinali David, Elsie Gangemi, Emma Taylor, Mariano Petrone, Robin Fletcher, Andrew Shugg
 
 
Production Team
 
Production Manager - Nola Formentin
Production Finances Assistant - Thomas Friberg
Projection Technical Director - Thomas Friberg
Projection Content Creator  - Blair Parkinson
Projection Content Creator  - Robert Fletcher
Repetiteur  - Ryan Davies
Italian Coach - Anna Gadd Colombi
Head of Wardrobe - Merri Ford
Costume Assistant - Maddy Connellan
Costume Assistant - Tracey Hassell
Set Transport  - Robert Fletcher
Set and Props - Blair Parkinson
Set and Props Assistant - John Parkinson
Set and Props Assistant - Daniel Allitt
Set Assistants - Rhiannon Walker and Duncan Rice
Stage Manager - Dani Sicari
Assistant Stage Manager - Claire Thomas
Orchestra Manager - Michelle Fong
Publicity Manager - Courtney Pitman
Publicity/Media Assistant - Robert Fletcher
Publicity Assistant - Dinali David
Surtitle Operator - Allison Fyfe
Surtitles Author - Anna Gadd Colombi
Lighting Operator - Beth Ewell
Graphic Design - Blair Parkinson
Event Image/Poster Photographer - Christian Milburn
Front of House Manager/Bar Manager -  Nola Formentin
 
Anna Bolena was made possible by the support of Gold Sponsor Jillian Stuart, and sponsors Diana Warnock, Chevron Australia, David Academy of Performing Arts, Esteban's on Whatley, OperaBox Orchestra, Tony Formentin, Christian Milburn, Martin & Cherie Iles, Tracey Hassell, Stephanie Parkinson, and all our anonymous donors.
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