Donizetti's Maria Stuarda

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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.

Cast:

Conductor: Maurizio Benini

Elisabetta: Elza van den Heever

Maria Stuarda: Joyce DiDonato

Leicester: Matthew Polenzani

Cecil: Joshua Hopkins

Talbot: Matthew Rose