Henry VIII

Camille Saint-Saëns

September 21, 2019 7:30PM
NEC’s Jordan Hall

Henry VIII

By Camille Saint-Saëns

Libretto by Léonce Détroyat and Armand Silvestre

Concert, Sung in French with English supertitles


A dangerous monarch is determined to divorce Catherine of Aragon in favor of the beautiful, ambitious Anne Boleyn. This is one of history’s most infamous love triangles and the beginning of the “King’s Troubles”. Saint-Saens’s score brilliantly invokes an early Renaissance sensibility while remaining firmly rooted in the French grand opera tradition. Sweeping vocal melodies and rich orchestral writing bring this compelling tragedy to life.

“This is proof that…opera can certainly flourish in Boston.”


Cast and Creative

Michael ChioldiMichael Chioldi
Henry VIII
Ellie DehnEllie Dehn
Catherine d’Aragon
Hilary GintherHilary Ginther
Anne Boleyn
Yeghishe ManucharyanYeghishe Manucharyan
Don Gomez de Feria
David KravitzDavid Kravitz
Le duc de Norfolk
Kevin DeasKevin Deas
Cardinal Campeggio

Matthew DiBattistaMatthew DiBattista
Le comte de Surrey
David CushingDavid Cushing
Archbishop of Canterbury

Erin Merceruio NelsonErin Merceruio Nelson
Lady Clarence

Jeremy Ayres FisherJeremy Ayres Fisher
The Garter King of Arms

Gil RoseGil Rose


Photos and video by Kathy Wittman / Ball Square Films.