Donizetti's Maria Stuarda

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Saturday, December 01, 2012

Houston Grand Opera's 2012 staging of Donizetti's opera, based on Schiller’s play “Mary Stuart," stars Joyce DiDonato in her role debut of as the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots. The quasi-historical drama recounts how Mary and her cousin Elizabeth I (Katie van Kooten) rival for the crown and the same nobleman's love.

Elizabeth has imprisoned Mary, suspecting her of treason, but the Duke of Leicester, her adviser and Mary's lover, convinces the queen to meet her cousin; tempers soon surface and rage out of control. Mary, condemned to death, faces her demise with great dignity.

DiDonato will reprise this role on Dec. 31 in a new production at the Metropolitan Opera.


Maria Stuarda   Joyce DiDonato
Elisabetta   Katie van Kooten
Earl of Leicester  Eric Cutler
Talbot    Robert Gleadow
Cecil    Oren Gradus
Anna    Catherine Martin

CONDUCTOR:  Patrick Summers
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Kevin Newbury
CHORUS MASTER:  Richard Bado

Comments [4]

moonspacey from Newport RI

Brava Joyce DiDonata!!!

Jan. 19 2013 04:23 PM

Great voices....DiDonato is a known quantity and was a wonderful Mary Stuart. The real surprise was van Kooten the Elizabeth. She has a sleek, marvelous voice that seems to be able to easily negotiate Donizetti's florid writing. I would love to hear more of her. Probably a good Mozartean.

Dec. 02 2012 02:53 PM
Dolly Moon

Why can't I get any sound?

Dec. 01 2012 03:24 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

What a pleasant surprise. Actually enjoying the music and great singing by Joyce. I was expecting a bow wow like Anna Bolena.

Dec. 01 2012 01:49 PM

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