Donizetti's Maria Stuarda

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Elza van den Heever as Elisabetta and Joyce DiDonato as the title character in Donizetti's 'Maria Stuarda' Elza van den Heever and Joyce DiDonato in Donizetti's 'Maria Stuarda' (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

The Metropolitan Opera's debut production of Maria Stuarda, the second opera in Donizetti’s Tudor Trilogy opened on New Year's Eve, and is the subject of this week's broadcast.

The opera tells the brutal story of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotts, set to the poignant music of Gaetano Donizetti. The quasi-historical drama recounts how Mary and her cousin Elizabeth I rival for the crown and the same nobleman's love.

Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role. The performance also includes Elza van den Heever as Elisabetta, Matthew Polenzani as Leicester, Joshua Hopkins as Cecil, and Matthew Rose as Talbot. Italian conductor Maurizio Benini will direct the performance.


Conductor: Maurizio Benini

Elisabetta: Elza van den Heever

Maria Stuarda: Joyce DiDonato

Leicester: Matthew Polenzani

Cecil: Joshua Hopkins

Talbot: Matthew Rose

Comments [3]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

JOYCE DIDONATO KUDOS to you for your comments on receiving your Grammy. The arts are in dire need from the general public. WE MUST GET OUR LEGISLATORS TO SUPPORT CULTURE AND SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT !!! HANDEL'S ORATORIOS ARE THE MOST REVERED OF HIS COMPOSITIONS. ONE THAT IS NOT AS OFTEN PERFORMED AS IT DESERVES TO BE IS HIS "JUDAS MACCABAEUS." ITS "SOUND AN ALARM"' IS STIRRING. IT'S MY CLOSING SELECTION ON MY SOLO DEBUT IN THE ISAAC STERN AUDITORIUM OF CARNEGIE HALL CONCERT "{LIVE" ON MY VALHALLA RECORDS CD AND MAY BE DOWNLOADED FROM MY THREE WEBSITES. My cousin MICHAEL BLANKFORT wrote both the books and screenplays for the 1953 film THE JUGGLER Hollywood film made in Israel starring KIRK DOUGLAS and the 1950 Hollywood film BROKEN ARROW starring JAMES STEWART and JEFF CHANDLER [Cochise]. The music for THE JUGGLER was composed by opera composer GEORGE ANTHEIL, in whose opera VOLPONE I sang the tenor leading role [Mosca] in its professional world premiere in NEW YORK in 1953. ANTHEIL, famous for his opera TRANSATLANTIC and BALLET MECHANIQUE looked exactly like Peter Lorre. I am a romantischer heldentenor. I have sung four solo concerts in the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. As part of my Ten Language Solo Debut concert at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, I opened my three hour concert with the Invocazione di Orfeo from Jacopo Peri's opera EURIDICE composed in 1600, the first opera, composed in the same year as Shakespeare wrote HAMLET. It and my Gott ! welch Dunkel hier ! from FIDELIO and the Sound an Alarm from JUDAS MACCABAEUS can be heard from the SOLO TEN LANGUAGE CARNEGIE HALL live performance on my three websites,, ,, and BY DOWNLOADING, FREE, at the RECORDED SELECTIONS venue. They received rave critical notices in newspapers and magazines. At the websites one may hear my singing of RIENZI, SIEGFRIED, GOTTERDAMMERUNG SIEGFRIED, PARSIFAL, LOHENGRIN, TRISTAN, WALTHER VON STOLZING, SIEGMUND AND FLORESTAN. My voice teachers were the legendary MET OPERA singers Alexander Kipnis, Friedrich Schorr, Martial Singher, John Brownlee, Karin Branzell and Margarete Matzenauer. In another commentary on one commented about all operas that were once NEW but now not new anymore should be archived like museum pieces. That implies that just being new is better than old. As an opera composer myself ["Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare"] I fully comprehend the assumed urgency of recognition of the still living. However, I would not trade any living composer for Bach, Beethoven, Mpzart, Verdi, Puccini or Wagner. Revere and enjoy the MASTERPIECES of art, music, literature, architecture and science in its multiple formats . I am the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute in Boonton, NJ where I train actors in all the Shakespeare roles and big-voiced singers in all the Wagner opera roles.

Jan. 21 2013 12:16 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Mezzo JOYCE DIDONATO is a fine singer with a beautiful voice, but I have seen/heard BEVERLY SILLS in the same role at the New York City Opera and it is hard to critique or evaluate one's preference, but no need to, since we should be grateful for those who may sufficiently well essay the bel canto roles. The opera's broadcast has just finished.

Jan. 19 2013 04:09 PM
jim dineen from rye, new york

having seen/heard Mary Stuart Tuesday, I am happy to get another bite of the apple
But I can't seem to get it now.....any help availible

Jan. 19 2013 02:28 PM

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