Donizetti's Maria Stuarda

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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