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

Anna Bolena

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.