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The Met Opera in HD: Maria Stuarda

Maria Stuarda

Gaetano Donizetti
May 10

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Met Opera in HD

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Metropolitan Opera announced today that the company has canceled the remainder of the 2019–20 season, including its HD offerings. To keep the worldwide opera community in high spirits, they are offering a FREE nightly broadcast on their Met Opera on Demand app. More info about these broadcasts here. To learn more, please visit our Spring 2020 FAQ page.

Mary, Queen of Scots (Diana Damrau) and Elizabeth I (Jamie Barton) square off as history's most formidable sister monarchs, with Maurizio Benini at the podium.

A searing operatic setting of Friedrich Schiller's play, Donizetti's drama thrills with intense stand-offs and impressive vocal displays. Stephen Costello sings the role of Mary's lover, Leicester; Andrzej Filonczyk is the chancellor Cecil; and Michele Pertusi sings the Earl Talbot. A notable curiosity of the score is the wide range of casting possibilities for the two leading ladies: either role can be by a soprano or a mezzo-soprano. The vocal contrast between soprano Diana Damrau and mezzo Jamie Barton should be especially engaging in the great confrontation scene at the end of Act I.

Maria Stuarda had a troubled genesis, despite its musical and theatrical brilliance, and only recently achieved a place in the repertory as a prime example of the mid-19th century bel canto style. The two fearsome females embody different perceptions of royalty—in direct conflict at that moment in time—and the opera's drama is true to history in a way the facts are not.

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 HD Broadcast season. This is an archived view.

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