by Gaetano Donizetti
Joyce DiDonato stars as the martyred Mary, Queen of Scots, in Donizetti’s bel canto showcase.
A searingly dramatic setting of Friedrich Schiller’s play about Mary, Queen of Scots, and her political and personal rivalry with Queen Elizabeth I of England. These two fearsome rivals embody different perceptions of royalty, which were very much in direct conflict at that moment in time, and the opera’s drama is true to history in a way the facts are not.
The opera takes place in the late 16th century at the court of Queen Elizabeth I in London and at Fotheringhay Castle in central England, Mary’s final place of confinement. At the time of her death in 1587, she had been imprisoned by Elizabeth for more than 18 years.
For all the beauty of its orchestral writing, Maria Stuarda is a prime example of the mid-19th century bel canto style.
Start time: 10:00am on Capital Public Radio.
Approximate running time 2 hrs 53 mins.
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This is the final Met Opera radio broadcast of the season. Opera broadcasts return in December.