Maria Stuarda - Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots
Victoria State Opera 1993
Co-production with The Australia Opera
Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) is a tragic opera (tragedia lirica), in two acts, by Gaetano Donizetti, to a libretto by Giuseppe Bardari, based on Andrea Maffei's translation of Friedrich Schiller's 1800 play Maria Stuart.
The opera is one of a number of operas by Donizetti which deal with the Tudor period in English history, including Anna Bolena (named for Henry VIII's second wife, Anne Boleyn), Roberto Devereux (named for a putative lover of Queen Elizabeth I of England) and Il castello di Kenilworth. The lead female characters of the operas Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, and Roberto Devereux are often referred to as the "Three Donizetti Queens". The story is loosely based on the lives of Mary, Queen of Scots (Mary Stuart) and her cousin Queen Elizabeth I. Schiller had invented the confrontation of the two Queens, who in fact never met.
Cast: Joan Carden, Ian Cousins, Stephen Bennett, Anson Austin, Mary Lawrey
Conductor - Richard Divall Director - Rodney Fisher
Lots of information on the history on Mary Stuart and the Opera Beautiful Program
Size 210 x 210 mm
Condition Used Good 8/10
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