2, 5, 8, 12, 19th September, 2015.
Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne.
Alexander Theatre, Monash University
2hr 30m, with two twenty minute intervals.
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Conductor: Richard Divall
Director: Suzanne Chaundy
Starring: Caroline Vercoe, Henry Choo, Elena Xanthoudakis, Eddie Muliaumaseali’i, Rosamund Illing,
Melbourne Opera proudly presents a new production of Donizetti’s dramatic masterpiece, not seen in Melbourne for more than 40 years.
Led by acclaimed Australian conductor and Donizetti specialist Richard Divall, the superb cast features Rosamund Illing as Queen Elizabeth 1 with Elena Xanthoudakis returning from London to make her debut as the doomed Mary Stuart. Henry Choo, Phillip Calcagno, Eddie Muliaumaseali’i and Caroline Vercoe are supported by the Melbourne Opera Chorus and Orchestra.
The new production was directed by Suzanne Chaundy whose recent production of Der Freischutz was a fantastic success and is set to direct the complete trilogy with Anna Bolena in 2016 and Roberto Devereux in 2017. Read the latest in our “From the Director” series for Suzanne’s notes on Donizetti’s period hit.
Production Sponsor: Henkell Brothers Investment Managers.