The show

New production :
Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Royal Opera House de Muscat (OMAN)
Opéra de Lausanne
ABAO-OLBE Asociación Bilbaina de amigos de la Ópera (BILBAO)

The story

In 1536 at Windsor Castle, King Henry VIII is in love with the young Jane Seymour, a lady in waiting to the Queen, Anne Boleyn. To ensure himself a free rein, the king decides to bring back from exile the former lover of his wife, Lord Percy, who is still in love with her. Unjustly accused of adultery, they are condemned to death and shut away in the Tower of London.

Bel Canto

Composed in 1830 in less than one month, Anna Bolena was the 29th opera by Donizetti. The action based on historical facts provides a tragic framework and sublime expression of Romanticism. The composer subtly combines bel canto style full of moving melodies with the most acrobatic of vocal prowess, without ever losing his characters’ authenticity. While the role of Percy was destined for the tenor Rubini, the title role was written for the great Pasta, who was first to perform Bellini’s Norma. It is frightfully technically and psychologically difficult, requires an outstanding voice and features among the most beautiful feminine portrayals in history. Maria Callas made it one of her preferred roles by rescuing it from oblivion in 1957.

Anna Bolena brought Donizetti international renown. In a letter to his wife, it is easy to see just how moved he was by such acclaim: “Everyone is saying that they cannot remember having seen such a dazzling triumph. I was so happy that I felt like crying”.

Absent from our stage since 1982, this new production is being made in collaboration with Oman, Lausanne and Bilbao.

Introduction to performances: curtain-raisers

All the opera performances are preceded by an educational introduction open to all. They take place 30 minutes before the start of the performance, in the company of an opera specialist to provide a pertinent presentation of the work.


LIVE WEB ON CULTUREBOX  : Wednesday 17st April at 8h30 PM

Frequently asked questions

  • Cloakrooms

    For your comfort, as well as for safety reasons, compulsory and free cloakrooms are available to you on each floor for you to leave your coats, bags and umbrellas. The cloakrooms located in the entrance hall and up to the 2nd floor are manned by reception staff. On the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors, there are lockers which can be locked by inserting 1 euro (which is returned when you open to retrieve your belongings).

  • Car Parks

    Car parks with discounted rate

    Discounted rate of € 6 for performances and concerts featured in our schedules (in the evening from 18.00 to 01.00 and on Sunday from 13.00 to 19.00). A validation terminal is available in the entrance hall of the Opera House (from when the doors opens).

    Neujean car park

    45, Boulevard de la Sauvenière – 4000 Liège, Belgium

    • Mon. to Fri. : open until 1 o’clock in the morning.
    • Sat. and Sun. : open all night.

    Opéra car park

    1, Galerie Opéra – 4000 Liège, Belgium
    Open 24 hours, 7 days a week

    Other car parks nearby

    • Central Park car park : 26, Place Xavier-Neujean – 4000 Liège
    • Saint-Lambert car park : Place Saint-Lambert – 4000 Liège
    • Cathédrale car park : Place de la Cathédrale – 4000 Liège
  • Transports


    There is a taxi rank located in front of the theatre (Rue George Clémenceau).


    Liège-Palais station (6 minutes away on foot).
    Liège-Guillemins station (several lines on the TEC network make it possible to reach the city centre).

    For information, see: www.belgianrail.be

    Public transport

    Many Liège-Verviers lines on the tec BUS network

    Stops: Liège Opéra, Liège République Française (3 minutes away on foot), Liège Place Saint-Lambert (5 minutes away on foot)

    For information, see: www.infotec.be

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