Anna Bolena Opens in Houston

Houston, TX – Opera in the Heights (Oh!) will present Gaetano Donizetti’s  Anna Bolena, a company premiere that features a scandalous story from English history, beginning on January 26.

The story of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII was a real life tragedy that outdoes many a fictional plot. The opera opens with Anna as the unhappy, ignored wife of Henry VIII. She knows how important it is to give Henry a male heir as soon as possible, but in the three years they have been married, she has had only one daughter (the future Elizabeth I). Soon she learns the king has transferred his affection to one of her ladies-in-waiting, Jane Seymour.

Camille Zamora and Emily Newton will share the role of Anna in the alternating cast system of this company. Emily is a native of Lake Jackson and has appeared at Oh! in Così fan tutte and Don Carlo to great acclaim. She has also covered roles for the Metropolitan Opera. Chosen as one of CNN’s Most Intriguing People in 2010, Houston-born Camille Zamora is enjoying an international career and will make her company debut as Anna. Camille caught the attention of news agencies like CNN and the New York Times in her role outside of opera as co-founding director of “Sing for Hope.” The non-profit group acts as an artistic “peace corp,” sending over 600 artists to schools and hospitals in the NYC area. They are most well-known for their project called “Play Me, I’m Yours” where 60 uniquely decorated pianos were placed all around New York’s five boroughs.

Artistic Director Enrique Carreón-Robledo prepares the singers and conducts the orchestra, and Brian Byrnes directs the action onstage. Vincent Fuller prepares the chorus, Rachel Smith is the set designer, Dena Scheh designs the costumes, and the stage lighting is done by Kevin Taylor.

Performance dates are January 26, 27, 28, February 2, 3, 4, and 5 (matinee). Single ticket prices are $20-$55, senior tickets are $15-$41, and student tickets are $10 anytime in designated areas.

Opera in the Heights, a professional regional company, exists to provide a stage for emerging performers and bring affordable opera to the Greater Houston Area. All operas are fully staged with orchestra and presented in the original language with English surtitles projected above the stage.

Evening performances begin at 7:30 pm and the matinee at 2:00 pm at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. in the Houston Heights. For tickets, please visit www.operaintheheights.org or call 713-861-5303.