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A Tale of Two Queens

The Met's first-ever Anna Bolena arrives on opening night of the new season. British historian ADRIAN TINNISWOOD looks at the ways in which Donizetti's Anna Bolena diverges from the real Boleyn girl.

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Anna Netrebko as Anna Bolena at Wiener Staatsoper, 2011
© Michael Poehn/Wiener Staatsoper 2011
Measuring Anne by the drama of her destruction is … grossly to misjudge her historical importance." So says one of Anne Boleyn's most distinguished biographers, E. W. Ives. Up to a point, Professor Iv...

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