Anna Bolena: Act I, Scene and Duet: Fama! Si l’avrete (mezzo, bass) (excerpt)

Composers:
  • Donizetti, Gaetano
Detailed Instrumentation: 2+Picc.2.2.2: 4.2.3.0: Timp: Str(4-4-3-3-3 in set)
Duration: 14
Description:

The tragic two-act opera, Anna Bolena, recounts the life of King Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, and is one of four Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) operas depicting the Tudor period in English history. “Fama!Si l’avrete” is sung near the beginning of the opera. After Anne Boleyn expresses concern that her husband, King Henry (Enrico) VIII, has fallen in love with another woman, Jane (Giovanna) Seymour and the king sing a duet that confirms the queen’s suspicions, with the king promising Jane Seymour that she will replace Anne Boleyn. Instrumentation: 2+Picc.2.2.2: 4.2.3.0: Timp: Str(4-4-3-3-3 in set).

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