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Maria Stuarda (Donizetti)

Maria Stuarda (Donizetti)

David McVicar, who directed last season’s Met premiere of Anna Bolena, directs the company premiere of the second opera in Donizetti’s famous trilogy of operas about Tudor history. “Donizetti’s three Tudor operas are very different in tone, mood, and musical content,” McVicar says. “With Maria Stuarda being a different kind of opera than last season’s Anna Bolena, which we presented with a great deal of historical accuracy, we’ve gone for a visual style which is freer. Rather than reflecting history, it reflects the romantic nature of this retelling of the story and the sweeping romantic nature of Donizetti’s music.” Joyce DiDonato sings the title role of the defiant Mary, Queen of Scots. South African soprano Elza van den Heever makes her Met debut as Mary’s formidable rival, Queen Elizabeth I. Maurizio Benini conducts a cast that also includes Francesco Meli as the Earl of Leicester, Joshua Hopkins as Cecil, andMatthew Rose as Talbot.

Approximate running time: 3:15 Met Premiere

Conductor: Maurizio Benini
Production: David McVicar
Set & Costume Designer: John MacFarlane
Lighting Designed By: Jennifer Tipton
Choreographer: Leah Hausman
Cast: Joyce DiDonato (Maria Stuarda), Elza van den Heever (Elisabetta), Matthew Polenzani (Leicester), Joshua Hopkins (Cecil), Matthew Rose (Talbot)

Post-Opera Dinner at The Library Restaurant

The popular Met@The Music Hall HD broadcast series just got better! By special arrangement, The Library Restaurant adjacent to The Music Hall will be offering special Post-Opera Dinners after opera broadcasts in its 2012-2013 season - exclusive seatings for a limited number of patrons each. It couldn’t be easier – all that Met patrons need to do is to call/come by The Music Hall Box Office to make their dinner reservation, then, after the opera broadcast, walk the few steps to The Library Restaurant, present their Met ticket and enjoy the casual elegance at one of the finest steak houses north of Boston.  Patrons can choose from the full menu, or a special Met-exclusive, prix fixe menu ($38) including soup or salad, a choice of three entrees, a dessert, and a glass of red or white wine. More about The Library Restaurant.

Post opera dinner seatings at 4:30pm, 5pm & 5:30pm


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