Maria Stuarda - Covent Garden (2014) - Maria Stuarda - Covent Garden (2014)

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New production, a co-production with : Polish National Opera, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris, and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

Mary, Queen of Scots, has been imprisoned by her cousin Elizabeth I of England. The Earl of Leicester urges Elizabeth to meet with Mary and be reconciled, but Elizabeth grows jealous of Leicester’s admiration for her cousin.

Gaetano Donizetti’s historical opera Maria Stuarda was banned by the authorities in Milan after its 1835 premiere, due to its perceived inflammatory content. The opera lay neglected for over a hundred years until 1958, when a performance in Donizetti’s hometown of Bergamo re-introduced it to the opera repertory. Maria Stuarda has since grown steadily in popularity. It is recognized as containing some of Donizetti’s most moving music, including Mary’s confession duet with Talbot and her poignant aria in the final scene of the opera, as she calmly faces her approaching death.

Maria Stuarda provides a magnificent showcase for the two singers playing Mary and Elizabeth, particularly in their extended duet in Act II. Famous pairings for the roles of the regal cousins have included Joan Sutherland and Huguette Tourangeau, both of whom starred in the first production of Maria Stuarda at Covent Garden in 1977, and Janet Baker and Rosalind Plowright, who sang the roles for ENO.

More information is available on the operahouse's official website.


July 05, 2014 19:00:00

July 08, 2014 19:30:00

July 11, 2014 19:30:00

July 14, 2014 19:30:00

July 16, 2014 19:30:00

July 18, 2014 19:30:00


Moshe Leiser

Bertrand De Billy

Joyce DiDonato

Carmen Giannattasio

Matthew Rose

Jeremy Carpenter

Kathleen Wilkinson

Ismael Jordi

Work's characters list



Maria Stuarda


Giorgio Talbot

Lord Guglielmo Cecil

Anna Kennedy

Roberto Leicester