In operas from Elizabeth at Kenilworth to Anna Bolena, Donizetti seemed fascinated by the intrigues and rivalries of British royalty. Maria Stuarda deals with the complex relationship between Queen Elizabeth I of England and her cousin Mary Stuart, also known as Mary Queen of Scots.
On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Maria Stuarda from the same city where much of the history it portrays actually took place. It's a production from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London. The stars are mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in a stunning performance of the title role, and soprano Carmen Giannattasio as Elizabeth.
Maria Stuarda: Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano)
Queen Elizabeth I: Carmen Giannattasio (soprano)
Robert, Earl of Leicester: Ismail Jordi (tenor)
Lord Cecil: Jeremy Carpenter (bass)
Talbot: Matthew Rose (bass)
Anna: Kathleen Wilkinson (mezzo-soprano)
Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus
Betrand de Billy, conductor