Why See Metropolitan Opera: Maria Stuarda?
The second of Donizetti's Tudor Queen operas
All things Tudor have come sweeping back into fashion in New York. From Hilary Mantel's epic plays Wolf Hall, through to Maria Stuarda here at the Met Opera, the intrigues and machinations of the Tudor court is once again thrillingly brought to life in this production. It is notable for showing sympathy for the deposed Mary Stuart, who Italians in the nineteenth century considered the real Queen of England over her cousin Elizabeth, the "bastard" of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
We will take a unique insight into the final days and execution of Mary Stuart, more commonly known as Mary, Queen of Scots, the rival to the English throne which is currently held controversially by Elizabeth I. Far from being a historical account, we see the two queens in a heated confrontation over the crown- something that never happened in real life, as well as an imagined love triangle between Robert Dudley, Mary and Elizabeth. Elizabeth is portrayed as the villain of the piece here, although in this production this has been softened somewhat to portray a sense of entrapment; she is forced to send Mary to her death, otherwise be seen as weak; the irony lies in that out of the three main players, the condemned Mary is the only one to make peace with God and her fate.
Opening night: 29 January 2016
2 hrs. 46 min.
Cast and Creative
Mary, Queen of Scots: Sondra Radvanovksy
Elizabeth: Elza van den Heever
Leicester: Matthew Polenzani
Conductor: Maurizio Benini
Production: David McVicar
Set & Costume Designer: John Macfarlane
Lighting Designed by: Jennifer Tipton
Choreographer: Leah Hausman
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