Agenda
Maria Stuarda

Dutch National Opera

Maria Stuarda

Sat 6 May 2023 19:30h Nationale Opera & Ballet Koop kaarten
Tue 9 May 2023 19:30h Nationale Opera & Ballet Koop kaarten
Fri 12 May 2023 19:30h Nationale Opera & Ballet Koop kaarten
Mon 15 May 2023 20:15h Het Concertgebouw Koop kaarten
Thu 18 May 2023 19:30h Nationale Opera & Ballet Koop kaarten
Sun 21 May 2023 14:00h Nationale Opera & Ballet Koop kaarten
Thu 25 May 2023 19:30h Nationale Opera & Ballet Koop kaarten
Sun 28 May 2023 14:00h Nationale Opera & Ballet Koop kaarten

A scorching face-off that is both personal and political, and ultimately proves to be fatal. This opera pits Elizabeth I, Queen of England, and Mary Stuart, the exiled Queen of Scots, against each other in a fierce struggle that is as much about power as it is about love and moral righteousness. Bel canto composer Donizetti created a ravishing score for this opera that is both melodic and deeply moving, delivering plenty of emotional intensity as the lethal conflict between the two historical queens unfolds

Two queens, one throne

Although, historically speaking, Elisabeth I and Mary Stuart never actually met, a potential encounter between the two has formed the stuff of fantasy for writers, painters and composers over the centuries. Donizetti too drew inspiration from this concoction, creating a spine-tingling showdown that sizzles with vocal fireworks as the two queens hurl insults at each other, culminating in Stuarda’s “Vil bastarda”! (“Vile bastard!”). Elisabeth’s emotions get the better of her and she becomes ruthless in her pursuit for vengeance. 

Donizetti’s Tudor trilogy

Maria Stuarda (1835) is the second instalment of Donizetti’s Tudor trilogy that is being presented over a period of three seasons, with Dutch director Jetske Mijnssen delving deep into the psyches of these complex characters. A common thread in her staging of the trilogy is Elizabeth’s life and the trauma she has suffered. The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra will bring Donizetti’s score to life from the pit, under the baton of Enrique Mazzola – a world-class specialist of the bel canto repertoire. Marina Rebeka, one of the very few singers of our time to master all three Donizetti queens, promises to wow in this production’s title role. She will share the stage with young, up-and-coming Russian mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina who will sing the role of Elizabeth. 

Performance information

Opera in three acts - sung in Italian

 

Libretto Giuseppe Bardari

Musical  direction Enrique Mazzola
Stage direction Jetske Mijnssen
Set design Ben Baur
Costume design Klaus Bruns
Dramaturgy Luc Joosten
Choreography Lillian Stillwell

Elisabetta Aigul Akhmetshina
Maria Stuarda Marina Rebeka
Leicester Ismael Jordi
Giorgio Talbot  NN
Lord Guglielmo Cecil NN

 

Orchestra Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Chorus Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus master Edward Ananian-Cooper

 

Coproduction with
Teatro San Carlo (Napels) and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia (Valencia)

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