A nne Boleyn, Mary Stuart and Elizabeth. Or, to give them their Italian renderings, Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Elisabetta. As has been well established already, Gaetano Donizetti never conceived of his three operas about these three Tudor queens as a trilogy. The perception of the so-called Tudor Trilogy was in fact created by the canny American soprano Beverly Sills, who sang all three queens at New York City Opera in one season in 1974, an astonishing...

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