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MARIA STUARDA
in concert

Gaetano Donizetti
1797 - 1848

Tragedia lirica in three acts
Libretto by Giuseppe Bardari after the tragedy Maria Stuart (1800) by Friedrich Schiller
Italian translation (1830) by Andrea Maffei World premiere December 30th 1835, Teatro alla Scala, Milan

Sung in Italian with German surtitles
Duration: c. 3 hrs. including one interval
Coproduction of Oper Frankfurt an Alte Oper Frankfurt

About the work

Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi – all admired Schiller and set his plays to music. Donizetti, master of beautiful melodies, wrote for t ...
Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi – all admired Schiller and set his plays to music. Donizetti, master of beautiful melodies, wrote for two prima donnas in Maria Stuarda. This caused real trouble in those days. Two ladies came to blows during rehearsals; an incident, surprise, suprise, which was pounced upon by the Italian press. Elizabeth, Queen of England, is at the pinacle of her power and Mary (Maria), a catholic and once the hope of Scotland who claims to be the rightful ruler of England, is her prisoner. The characters of both women, raised from birth to rule, are shaped by inner conflict, passion, disappointment, shame. Both are, whether in power or prison, constantly at the mercy of the gnawing suspicion that there is nobody in the world that they can really trust. One thing that applies to both Mary and Elizabeth is that when women are in power in a male world then they must be stronger than men, and not just politically.
   Donizetti’s score combines fervent lyric and dramatic elements. Both soprano roles demand great belcanto artistry.

Synopsis

The people expect Queen Elizabeth I to unite England and France by marrying the Duc d’Anjou, even though she is secretly in love w ...
The people expect Queen Elizabeth I to unite England and France by marrying the Duc d’Anjou, even though she is secretly in love with Leicester. Elizabeth is unmoved when courtiers beg her to show mercy to Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland, who is in prison for making claims to the throne. She asks Leicester to take her ring to the French as a token that the marriage will go ahead and is deeply hurt that he takes the news calmly. He tries to arrange a meeting between the two monarchs. Despite her anger at Mary’s claim to the throne and feelings of jealousy she harbours because she suspects that Leicester loves Mary, Elizabeth is moved by a letter from the Scottish Queen and agrees to the meeting. It is hostile from the start. Elizabeth accuses her of treachery and murder, Mary denounces Elizabeth as Anne Boleyn’s bastard daughter. Mary is taken back to prison. Cecil eventually persuades Elizabeth to sign Mary’s execution warrent just as Leicester arrives to beg his Queen to spare Mary’s life. Elizabeth responds by telling him that he must witness Mary’s execution. Mary takes her farewell from the crowd, who pray for her, and forgives Elizabeth before she walks to the scaffold.
Performances

Friday 16.11.2012 19:00 h

Further performances

Alte Oper Frankfurt (in concert)

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Cast

Conductor
Pier Giorgio Morandi
Chorus Master
Matthias Köhler

Elisabetta, Königin von England
Elza van den Heever
Maria Stuarda, Königin von Schottland
Brenda Rae
Anna Kennedy, Marias Amme
Nina Tarandek
Roberto, Graf von Leicester
David Lomelí
George Talbot
Kihwan Sim
William Cecil, Schatzmeister
Simon Bailey

Chorus and Orchestra of Oper Frankfurt

 
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