Dutch National Opera presents

Anna Bolena Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)

Tickets on sale
17 Nov 12:00

Royal belcanto opera


Duration 3:30

By Gaetano Donizetti

Language Italian

Surtitles Dutch and English

‘Success, Trumph, Delirium!’ – the audience practically raised the roof at the premiere of Anna Bolena in 1830. With his melodious music, Donizetti transposed a historical situation into a world of intense emotion. He still manages to touch listeners as no other.


Anna Bolena is the story of Anne Boleyn, the mother of Queen Elizabeth I. She is the second wife of Henry VIII, who discarded her in favor of a new lover, Jane Seymour. It’s an opera about power, passion, honor and vulnerability with fatal consequences, in an already unbridled era.


    Fri 31 Jan Concertonet.com over J'Nai Bridges

    'J’Nai Bridges is vocally gifted with effusive, smoky substance, her softness and soulfulness fit like a glove.'

    Mon 10 Feb Independent over Roberto Tagliavini in Don Giovanni

    'A voice like thunder'


Exceptional debuts

The internationally celebrated stage director Jetske Mijnssen, winner of the Grand Prix de la Critique 2016, will make her debut at Dutch National Opera with Anna Bolena.

Musical director of Anna Bolena is the Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola. He is recognized worldwide as a bel canto specialist. In this production, his DNO debut, he will lead the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra.

We will hear the fantastic Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka as Anna Bolena. The impressive J’Nai Bridges, earlier at Dutch National Opera as Carmen, will seing the role of Bolena’s rival Giovanna (Jane) Seymour. The Italian bass Roberto Tagliavini, one of the best at this moment, takes the role of Henry VIII.




Tudor – trilogy
Anna Bolena marks the first in the Tudor-trilogy that Dutch National Opera will present in the coming three seasons, with stage director Jetske Mijnssen and her team, and Enrique Mazzola as conductor. Three great bel canto operas about the time of the Tudor dynasty – Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda en Roberto Devereux – depict the heady days of the English Renaissance and the lives of its rulers. The emotional rendering of the music brings them closer to us, as though they’re our contemporaries.

Anna Bolena

Opera in two acts

Sung in Italian


Felice Romani

Co-production with Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia (Valencia)

New production


Team, Cast and Chorus

Enrique Mazzola
Stage director
Jetske Mijnssen
Set designer
Ben Baur
Costume designer
Klaus Bruns
Lighting designer
Franck Evin
Luc Joosten
Nederlands Kamerorkest
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus master
Ching-Lien Wu
Enrico VIII
Roberto Tagliavini
Anna Bolena
Marina Rebeka
Giovanna Seymour
J'Nai Bridges
Lord Riccardo Percy
Ismael Jordi
Cecilia Molinari


For more than 30 years, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra | Netherlands Chamber Orchestra has been the primary orchestral partner of Dutch National Opera. It is counted among the best opera orchestras of the world. September 2021, Lorenzo Viotti will become chief conductor of both the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Dutch National Opera. The Netherlands Chambers Orchestra is under the inspiring leadership of violinist Gordan Nikolić.

In addition to this opera activities, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra both are regular players of The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The orchestras work with internationally renowned guest conductors and soloists, as well as with a new generation of excellent musicians. The orchestras make classical music accessible to everyone who is open to it. On countless adventurous and unexpected podiums, they bring people together through music and provide an excellent musical experience for advanced and new audiences alike. With its welcoming and open home, the NedPhO-Dome in the ‘Indische Buurt’ in Amsterdam, the orchestras are situated in the heart of the community.

In the 2020-2021 season, The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra will join us for MefistofeleAidaDer fliegende HolländerDie lustige Witwe. The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra will join us in the pit for Le nozze di Figaro and Anna Bolena.


The Chorus of Dutch National Opera consists of 50 singers and is regularly supplemented by freelance chorus members for major productions. The Chorus of Dutch National Opera already has many milestones to its name, including Saint François d’Assise, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Ercole amante, Boris Godunov, La Juive, Les Troyens, Eugene Onegin, Parsifal, Guillaume Tell, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, Faust, La forza del destino, Das Floß der Medusa, Oedipe and Tannhäuser, as well as concert performances of Der fliegende Holländer in Rotterdam, Paris and Dortmund and Daphnis et Chloé with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev. Since 1 September, 2014 Ching-Lien Wu is artistic director of the Chorus of Dutch National Opera. Earlier in the 2019- 2020 season, the chorus gave stellar performances in Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana, Nabucco and Carmen. In 2016 the Chorus was awarded the title of ‘Best Opera Chorus’ by the authoritative magazine Opernwelt. In the 2020-2021 season the Chorus will sing in Mefi stofele, Le nozze di Figaro, Aida, Der fl iegende Holländer, Die lustigeWitwe, Anna Bolena and La damnation de Faust.


Experts share their thoughts on current productions Dutch National Opera & Ballet offers an introductory talk 45 minutes before each performance. An expert will share background information, context and interesting details that can give your theatre visit more depth. The talks are in Dutch and are free to all the ticket holders. You can also find an abridged version of the introduction on our website as a podcast.

Time: 45 minutes before the start of each performance
Location: Odeonzaal; entrance near the wardrobes


Foyer Evening - Anna Bolena, Mon 12 April, 20:30 hrs

Dutch and English spoken

Several weeks prior to the premiere of a performance, while the process of creation is still in full throttle, we invite singers, dancers, makers and other experts to share their thrill in creating this production. Sometimes your guide will be a single speaker, at other times other participants will join the discussion; there will always be live dance or music to enjoy, making this a fine way to experience opera and ballet up close. You’ll find the Foyer Evening dates in the calendar overview here. 

Foyer Evening