Irish National Opera presents Maria Stuarda by Donizetti
Two Queens. One Catholic and Scottish, one Protestant and English. One in prison at the other’s behest.
A man between them balancing loyalty and love. And an impassioned insult — “Vile bastard” — that leads to the scaffold. The insult was so potent that the first performance of Donizetti’s lyrical tragedy was cancelled at the last minute in Naples through royal intervention. A toned-down revision went awry in Milan the following year when the great Maria Malibran chose to sing the original words. More than a century would pass before the work would finally make its way into the operatic mainstream.
Maria Stuarda In Focus, an online introduction to the opera, takes place on 30 May 2022. More information to be announced.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Duration is approximately 3 hours including an interval.
The performances on 9 and 11 June will be recorded for later streaming via Operavision.
Maria Stuarda – Tara Erraught
Elisabetta – Anna Devin – 5, 9, 11, 15, 19 JUNE
Elisabetta – Amy Ní Fhearraigh – 7, 16 JUNE
Anna – Gemma Ní Bhriain
Leicester – Arthur Espiritu
Cecil – Giorgio Caoduro
Talbot – Callum Thorpe
Conductor – Fergus Sheil
Director – Tom Creed
Set & Costume Designer – Katie Davenport
Lighting Designer – Sinéad McKenna
Chorus Director – Elaine Kelly
Assistant Director – John King
Répétiteur – Aoife O'Sullivan
Studio Conductor – Molly de Búrca
Irish National Opera Orchestra
Irish National Opera Chorus
See further details at the link below.