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NOVEMBER 26 & 28
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Bounding back from a lengthy musicians’ strike, Washington Opera opens the season-that-almost-wasn’t with another fix of Donizetti for bel canto-addicted D.C. Anna Bolena (familiar from Summer Opera’s recent foray into the composer’s Tudor Queen trilogy) here has the chance to blossom on an appropriately grand scale. The cast of first-rate voices is crowned by Nelly Miricioiu’s world-class Anne Boleyn. Fiery in her confrontation with Henry VIII, ethereal in the mad scene, her dark sound and sensitive word-pointing recall the young Scotto, with a touch of Callas around the edges. More’s the pity that the stage direction is so numbingly unimaginative, with strutting and posturing and static tableaux taking the place of genuine dramatic confrontation. Friday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Opera House. $10-140. (202) 416-7800. (Joe Banno)