Great Anna Bolenas, part one - Elena Suliotis
One of the most rewarding parts of working on an opera, as in any artform is the research involved in getting your ideas into a coherent concept. For opera specifically this involves a lot of listening.
Fortunately there are a number of recordings available that I can draw inspiration from. Recently I discovered a copy of the Silvio Varviso/Decca recording with Elena Suliotis in the title role. The cast alone makes you want to hear it and trust me it's truly worth a listen.
Marilyn Horne is Seymour and Nicolai Ghiaurov is a gorgeously dark velvety suave Henry VIII, John Alexander a thrilling, heroic Percy. Below is the finale scene, it's worth a listen for the hairstyle alone. Enjoyble listening for a Sunday evening. Have a great week.
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