Roberto Devereux

Suzanne Chaundy directs and Greg Hocking and Raymond Lawrence conduct the superb Melbourne Opera Chorus and Orchestra.

Melbourne Opera completes its acclaimed Donizetti Tudor trilogy with the exciting Australian premiere of Roberto Devereux, starring Australian diva Helena Dix as the aging Queen Elizabeth, following her huge success in Lohengrin earlier this year and direct from engagements at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House. The company has assembled a superb supporting cast including Henry Choo as Roberto, Danielle Calder as Sara, Phillip Calcagno as the Duke of Nottingham, Jason Wasley as Lord Cecil and Eddie Muliaumaseali’i as Sir Walter Raleigh.

Suzanne Chaundy directs and Greg Hocking and Raymond Lawrence conduct the superb Melbourne Opera Chorus and Orchestra.

Based very loosely on the career of the Earl of Essex, Robert Devereux, Donizetti and his librettist Salvatore Cammarano created for the opera a version of the eternal quadrilateral.

Elizabeth the Queen loves Robert, the Earl, who loves Sara, Elizabeth’s favourite, who is married to Nottingham, Elizabeth’s counselor and Devereux’s best friend. Eventually, Robert’s refusal to renounce Sara will lead to his death, as a jealous Elizabeth refuses to pardon him for treason, despite Nottingham’s pleading on his behalf (unaware that his wife and Devereux are a number).

Cast

Queen Elizabeth I
Helena Dix

Roberto Devereux
Henry Choo

Duchess Sarah
Danielle Calder

Lord Nottingham
Phillip Calcagno

Lord Cecil
Jason Wasley

Sir Walter Raleigh
Eddie Muliaumaseali’i

A Page
Finn Gilheany

Servant
Adan Jon

Chorus

  • Emilia Bertolini
  • Ariel Chou
  • Chris Cocklin
  • Maddie Crombie
  • Alicia Groves
  • Susan Halls
  • Angela Hennel
  • Lavinia Ionescu
  • Maree Macmillan
  • Natalie Reid
  • Shimona Thevathasan
  • Erin Towns
  • Cecily Woodberry
  • Andrew Alesi
  • Ian Cook
  • Paul Dernelley
  • Andrew Dickinson
  • Finn Gilheany
  • Adam Jon
  • Peter Hanway
  • Geoff King
  • Matthew Lowe
  • David Morley
  • Robert Moroni
  • George Opritescu
  • Matthew Phillips
  • Cameron Sibly
  • Robert Van Keulen
  • David Woodberry

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