One northern European island, two sovereigns and Patrizia Ciofi and Carmen Giannattasio in a royal head-to-head penned by Donizetti.
Patrizia Ciofi Maria Stuarda
Carmen Giannattasio Elisabetta
Enea Scala Conte di Leicester
Nicola Ulivieri Giorgio Talbot
Marc Barrard Lord Guglielmo
Jennifer Michel Anna Kennedy
Speranza Scappucci direction
Orchestre de chambre de Paris
Ensemble Lyrique Champagne-Ardenne direction Sandrine Lebec
Sung in Italian with French and English subtitles
Joyce Didonato is unable to come, Patrizia Ciofi accepted to sing Maria Stuarda
Approximate running time
1st part: 1h - Intermission : 20mn - 2nd part: 1h
Donizetti, who succeeded Rossini and preceded Verdi, played a key role in the development of nineteenth century Italian opera. This prolifically inventive musician wrote seventy-one operas. But his fame grew slowly compared to the stellar careers of some of his contemporaries. In 1822, he settled in Naples and began to write operas. However, it was eight years before he had his first hit with Anna Bolena, which was the first fruit of his fascination with British Renaissance history. This was followed in a similar vein in 1835 by Maria Stuarda and two years later by Roberto Devereux, to complete his “trilogy of British Queens”. One island in northern Europe, two sovereigns: Catholic Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland, and Anglican Elisabeth Queen of England wage a ruthless psychological warfare for control of the country. As if this were not enough, they are also love rivals as they are both enamoured of Robert Dudley. Passion, power and religion therefore lie at the heart of Donizetti’s work. The musician plumbs the depths of the human heart with relish and subtlety, as well as a lyricism which is expansive and melancholic in equal measure. Verdi will take the depth and authenticity of tragedy to its apogee several decades later.
Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Les Grandes Voix / Orchestre de chambre de Paris