Artists in 'Anna Bolena' Krassimira Stoyanova, James Morris and Jennifer Larmore star as Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII and Jane Seymour in Donzietti's Anna Bolena, with conductor Eve Queler and Opera Orchestra of New York, from Carnegie Hall.
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Featured Artists in 'Anna Bolena'

Eve Queler has been Opera Orchestra of New York's music director ever since founding the organization in 1972. hide caption

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Bass-baritone James Morris has made numerous Carnegie Hall appearances with conductor Eve Queler and Opera Orchestra of New York. Photo: Christian Steiner/Columbia Artists Management hide caption

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Krassimira Stoyanova sings the title role in Opera Orchestra of New York's presentation of Donizetti's Anna Bolena. hide caption

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As Jane Seymour, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore is Anne Boleyn's rival for the affections of King Henry VIII. Photo: Douglass Robertson hide caption

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Eve Queler's Opera Orchestra of New York has been a fixture at Carnegie Hall for more than three decades.

Complete Cast of 'Anna Bolena'

Krassimira Stoyanova (Anna Bolena); Jennifer Larmore (Jane Seymour); James Morris (Henry VIII); Yeghishe Manacharyan (Percy); Derrick Ballard (Rochefort); Kate Aldrich (Smeton); Guillermo Lagundino (Hervey)

Krassimira Stoyanova, James Morris and Jennifer Larmore star as Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII and Jane Seymour in Donizetti's Anna Bolena, with conductor Eve Queler and Opera Orchestra of New York, from Carnegie Hall.

Eve Queler

Music Director, Opera Orchestra of New York

Opera Orchestra of New York is renowned for its performances of seldom-heard repertory and its music director, Eve Queler, has conducted more than 90 operas in concert at Carnegie Hall. Among them are Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina, Wagner's Rienzi, Bizet's The Pearlfishers, Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini and Verdi's I Lombardi. OONY's performance of Janacek's Jenufa was released on CD by BIS records and Queler's other recordings include Massenet's Le Cid with Plácido Domingo, Grace Bumbry, and Paul Plishka; Verdi's Aroldo with Montserrat Caballé; and Puccini's Edgar with Renata Scotto and Carlo Bergonzi.

As a guest conductor, Queler's performances include Tchaikovsky's Mazeppa with the Kirov Opera, Donizetti's Don Pasquale with the Hamburg Opera, Rossini's Tancredi with the Frankfurt Opera and Bellini's I Puritani at London's Royal Festival Hall, among many others. She has also appeared in concert with with a number of symphony orchestras, including the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, the Montreal Symphony and the Rome Opera Orchestra. For two summers Queler has conducted opera galas at Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli, outside of Rome, and she will return for additional concerts there in 2007.

Krassimira Stoyanova

Soprano (Anna Bolena)

Krassimira Stoyanova is a native of Bulgaria and actually began her musical career as a violinist, playing with the Plovdiv Symphony Orchestra and the New Symphony Orchestra of Sofia. She also began her singing career in Sofia, with the Bulgarian National Opera in 1995.

Since then, Stoyanova has gone on to sing major roles at opera companies throughout Europa and in the United States, as well as in South America. A leading artist at the Vienna State Opera, she made her first appearance there in 1998 in Bizet's Carmen, and has since sung lead roles in numerous other Vienna productions, including Desdemona in Verdi's Otello, Mimi in Puccini's La Boheme and Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata. She also sang Mimi in her debut at London's Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

Stoyanova's first bel canto role was in the performance featured here — Donizetti's Anna Bolena with Opera Orchestra of New York, from Carnegie Hall. She has also appeared with OONY in Verdi's La Battaglia di Legnano and Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots.

James Morris

Bass-baritone (Henry VIII)

James Morris was born in Baltimore and has earned a reputation as one of the finest operatic performers of his time. Morris is known in particular for his legendary interpretations of Wotan in Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelungen. He has recorded the complete Ring cycle for both Deutsche Grammophon and Angle/EMI, and has performed the role at Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera and other opera companies around the world.

Morris's repertory includes virtually all the great bass-baritone roles, ranging from the title roles in Mozart's Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro to the many great bass and baritone roles in Verdi's operas, including Philip II in Don Carlos, Procida in I Vespri Siciliani and Jacopo Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra. Morris's many other classic roles include the title role in Mussorsky's Boris Godunov, the Four Villains in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, Mephistopheles in Gounod's Faust and John Claggart in Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd.

Morris's other Opera Orchestra of New York appearances have included Rossini's William Tell and Donizetti's La Favorita.

Jennifer Larmore

Mezzo-soprano (Giovanna Seymour)

American mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore is a native of Atlanta and is known for her interpretations of both Baroque opera and bel canto, as well as Romantic and contemporary repertory.

She made her professional debut in Nice in Mozart's La Clemenzo di Tito. This launched a European career that has included leading roles in Rome, Paris, Geneva, Vienna and London.

In the United States, Larmore won the prestigious Richard Tucker Award in 1994. Since then, she's been a regular artist at the Metropolitan Opera, appearing in productions including Handel's Giulio Cesare, Rossini's, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola and l'Italiana in Algeri, Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann and Strauss's Die Fledermaus.

Larmore has also recorded widely, with more than 70 CDs to her credit on theTeldec, RCA, Harmonia Mundi, Deutsche Grammophon and Chandos labels among others.