Anna Bolena
By Gaetano Donizetti and Felice Romani

June 2019
Director: Jenny Miller
Conductor: Jeremy Silver
Lighting Designer: Ace McCarron
Choreographer: Michael Spenceley
Company: Longborough Festival Opera
Photos: Nate Gibson


Donizetti's opera is a romanticisation of the life and death of the real Anne Boleyn. For the design, I wanted to avoid falling into cliche Tudor imagery, and instead chose to abstract the ceiling from Hampton Court Palace to create a beautiful cage for the doomed queen. For the costume design, I decided to dress the cast in contemporary Hollywood glamour to emphasise their position of celebrity.

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