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Following the sold out triumph of Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) last year, Melbourne Opera continues the great Donizetti trilogy bringing the Bel Canto masterpiece Anna Bolena (Anne Boleyn) to The Athenaeum for the first time this November.Melbourne Opera has once again assembled an illustrious cast of international and local singers for the Australian professional premiere of this beautiful 19th Century opera, the first of Donizetti’s works to achieve wide success. International soprano Elena Xanthoudakis returns from a triumphant tour of the United Kingdom to star in the demanding title role, following outstanding reviews of her powerful performance in Melbourne Opera’s Mary Stuart last year. With over fifty operatic roles in her repertoire, one of Australia’s finest mezzo-sopranos Sally-Anne Russell plays the role of the King’s guilt-ridden new mistress Jane Seymour. Melbourne Opera will stage this gripping historical drama that tells the tale of love and betrayal, deception and desperation set during the most tumultuous period of the British monarchy.