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Mary and Elizabeth

Elena Xanthoudakis and Rosamund Illing talk on ABC Classic FM with Mairi Nicholson about Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart).

Click here for Elena Xanthoudakis and Rosamund Illing - Rival Queens on Music Makers - ABC Classic FM

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Mary Stuart review - Classic Melbourne

Donizetti’s 1835 opera, Maria Stuarda, is no Wolf Hall. Unlike the Booker-winning blockbuster, it puts the dynastic and doctrinal conflicts between Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth 1 safely into the background and introduces a fictional love triangle as a more politically acceptable focus for their conflict.

Mary Stuart review - Planet Arts Melbourne

Once upon a time Gaetano Donizetti’s Mary Stuart (Maria Stuarda) was banned. In 1835, the blistering confrontation between Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart was considered too appalling to be allowed and Milan deemed it unsuitable for public consumption. Perhaps that’s why this English translation is so much fun today.

Mary Stuart review - Stage Whispers

At the moment Melbourne has an embarrassment of operatic riches. Thirty years ago we had the Australian Opera, Victorian State Opera and an occasional amateur performance. Now we still have Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, which emerged from the ashes of the VSO, and several semi-professional companies providing lots of work and doing exciting productions.

Melbourne Opera, based at the Athenaeum Theatre, broke away from CitiOpera and, as a point of difference, perform exclusively in English. Many roles were shared in early productions with varying degrees of success.

ABC Classic FM The Music Makers - Rival Queens

It's a rare occasion that we get to roll out the red carpet for a royal visit to the Music Makers studio. Not one, but two Queens join us this week: Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elisabeth I, the central characters in Donizetti's bel canto tragedy Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart).

Mary Stuart review - Arts Update

Amongst the seventy works composed by Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848), only three, The Elixir of Love, Don Pasquale, and Lucia Di Lammermoor were regularly performed in the first half of the twentieth century, and the most popular of these, Lucia, was often presented in truncated form.

Mary Stuart review - Herald Sun

TWO outstanding lead sopranos come face to face in Melbourne Opera’s spectacular new production of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart).

Elena Xanthoudakis and Rosamund Illing star as Mary and Elizabeth — two rival queens who had never met but were brought together on stage in a bitter confrontation.

Mary Stuart review - The Age

Maria Stuarda review: Melbourne Opera stages electric revival of Donizetti classic

Barney Zwartz

Mary Stuart review - The Australian

Melbourne Opera’s Maria Stuarda: Bel canto game of thrones

Performing Italian bel canto repertoire in English invariably sacrifices stylistic character and introduces awkward syllabic subdivisions.

Surmounting such challenges, this compelling revival by Melbourne Opera of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda redresses decades-long local neglect.

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