Hi, the long-anticipated new production of Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda" is finally coming. We will see it on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 12:55 at Celebration Cinema. It is 3 1/2 hours long with one intermission. The star-studded cast includes Joyce DiDonato as Mary, Queen of Scots, Elza van den Heever as Queen Elizabeth I, and their object of desire, Earl of Leicester (Matthew Polenzani). The stage director is David McVicar and the conductor Maurizio Benini.
The reviews have been excellent. New York Times music critic, Anthony Tommasini, wrote after the opening night (New Year's Eve) that Joyce DiDonato "is simply magnificent, singing with plush richness and aching beauty." Elza von den Heeven is a 33-year old soprano from South Africa who has already gained international fame. She is "a vocally burnished and emotionally tempestuous Elizabeth. ... She turns flights of coloratura passagework into bursts of jealousy and defiance." We saw Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino in "Elisir d'Amore". Here he plays Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester who is caught in a love triangle between him and the two queens. Tommasini writes that he "brings a melting sound and appealing vulnerability to the role of the hapless Robert Dudley."
I hope you can come and be part of another gorgeous musical and theatrical experience. Gisela=