Queen’s fi­nal days re­told

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Laura Pond

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.

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