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