Sondra Radvanovsky Stars in Donizetti's 'Maria Stuarda'

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Elza van den Heever as Elisabetta and Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role of Donizetti's 'Maria Stuarda.' Elza van der Heever and Sondra Radvanovsky in 'Maria Stuarda.' (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Tune in to WQXR at 1 pm on Saturday to hear Sondra Radvanovsky take on the title role in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, as the ill-fated Queen of Scots. This is the second of the composer's "three queens" operas, all of which Radvanovsky will sing this season, previously playing Anna Bolena. (She will portray Queen Elizabeth I in Roberto Devereux this spring).

Riccardo Frizza conducts the opera, about the historical clash between Mary and Queen Elizabeth I, sung by Elza van den Heever. Tenor Celso Albelo is Leicester, a confident of both women. The 2012 production is by Sir David McVicar.

Cast:

Maria Stuarda: Sondra Radvanovsky
Elisabetta: Elza van den Heever
Leicester: Celso Albelo
Cecil: Patrick Carfizzi
Talbot: Kwangchul Youn

Comments [10]

Rosanna from NYC

I saw "Maria Stuarda" live & also tuned in the matinee broadcast. Sondra Radvanovsky was stunning vocally, dramatically, and visually. She has very elegant lines onstage in traditionally-cut costumes, not true of many sopranos. Her Act II duets with bass Kwangchul Youn were superb, bravi to them both. This was a series of performances not to be missed!!!!!! But of course Gelb had to put simpering Anna Netrebko on during the radio broadcast intermission to brag about tenors she has sung with. What is it with Gelb and Netrebko? Why does he fixate on that woman, whose interviews are usually vacuuous RE musical commentary? I agree that Sondra Radvanovsky should be at the Met's 50th anniversary gala because she is a very exciting and welcoming Presence in that vast house who gives every ounce of her commitment to the music during her extraordinary performances!!!!!! Many can sing "Manon Lescaut", but certainly not "Norma", nor the Tudor trilogy.

Feb. 21 2016 05:34 PM
Ted Cerame from Perris, CA


Spectacular performance of a spellbinding beautiful Opera.
Sandra was enchanting. I was uplifted in body, mind, and musical spirit to the place Heaven must be.
Many Thanks to all.

Feb. 20 2016 04:05 PM

opera with the capital O, great score. Sondra was magical. Can't wait for Devereux!!!

Feb. 20 2016 04:02 PM
Steve from Morristown, NJ

This is opera the way it should sound. Bravo. Radvanovsky is fabulous and the tenor does sound like Alfredo Kraus. His phrasing also reminds me of Tito Schipa. I wish all of our broadcasts were this good. The studio recordings by Sills of the trilogy are standard listening for these three operas. Also check out the DVDs of Sills in Roberto Devereaux and Sutherland in Anna Bolena.

Feb. 20 2016 02:27 PM
Paul from Denver

To my ear, the tenor sounds almost exactly like Alfredo Kraus!!!

Feb. 20 2016 02:04 PM
thomas nawn from fredericksburg virginia

this is a nice score, very melodious, thanks to the met and listen to the chorus

Feb. 20 2016 01:54 PM
Madison from Manhattan

Look at those costumes! What's wrong with the director? Does he think the opera takes place in the 16th century? No tuxedos. No jeans.No denim.No cell phones.No video projections,no Nazis.Did Mr.Gelb allow this travesty?

Feb. 20 2016 01:34 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

@CBC: Hope you are well.

Looking forward to hearing this opera. Never heard this one.

Feb. 20 2016 01:00 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

Do not know if the opera will bring this out but in history,
Mary wrote damning letters that were intercepted by Elizabeth's people.
The moral is: Never put it in writing.

Feb. 20 2016 07:17 AM

Unless I'm mistaken, Leicester is a "confidant" and not a "confident."

DD~~

Feb. 20 2016 01:45 AM

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