Queen’s final days retold
FOLLOW the final tragic days of Queen Anne Boleyn in Operabox’s performance of Gateano Donizetti’s AnnaBolena.
Part of Perth’s 2015 Fringe World Festival, this is the first time the opera has been performed in Australia since 1875.
Scottish-Australian soprano Jenna Robertson, who has appeared in all five Operabox productions and is in the West Australian Opera Chorus, will play Henry VIII’s second wife and said she was “equally excited and terrified” about the role.”
“I really like a chal- lenge and this role is definitely a challenge; it is vocally demanding and technically very difficult,” she said.
“It is the most exciting role that I have ever done.”
Robertson has been preparing for the role since April last year, including spending time researching Anne Boleyn.
“There are many different interpretations of her (so) I have read and watched as much as I could,” she said.
The 70-member volunteer cast and crew, including 35- piece orchestra, are all local apart from special guest Henry Choo, who will play Lord Riccardo Percy.
Choo has had leading roles in Opera Australia productions The Magic Flute, Cosi Fan Tutte and Don Giovanni and last performed in Perth in WA Opera’s 2014 Otello.
THE ESSENTIALS Darlington Hall, Darlington January 25 (preview) St Hilda’s Performing Arts Centre, Mosman Park January 28 and 31 RNDM Performing Arts Centre, Sacred Heart College, Sorrento February 4
Jenna Robertson as Anna Bolena.