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“Anna Bolena,” Donizetti’s melodious setting of Anne Boleyn’s last moments on earth, opened at the Metropolitan Opera on Monday in a new production featuring Anna Netrebko and two handsome Irish wolfhounds who helped us get through one very tedious scene.
“I get so absorbed in my roles, it’s like a drug,” says opera star Jonas Kaufmann . “I have to remember to keep control. I don’t want to end up really killing the soprano. I just want to make it look like it.”
With more than 200 performers in front of a 1,200-seat auditorium, Glyndebourne ’s “Die Meistersinger” has the highest stage-audience ratio in the company’s history. It makes for an eardrum-rattling show.