English Touring Opera presents: Elizabeth I
The first fully staged professional production of Rossini’s opera Elizabeth I (Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra) to tour the UK since 1818.
Elizabeth I shows the woman behind the monarch. The queen had the reputation of a queen who ruled with her head, and silenced her heart – but writers and composers remained fascinated with her private life, and in particular her rivalry with her cousin Mary Queen of Scots.
Rossini’s opera contrasts the private and public spheres of her life, sparkling with vocal fireworks which culminate in a virtuosic showdown between the virgin queen, her councillor, her lover and his wife.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
Running time: approx 2 hours 50 minutes (inc. interval)