The tumultuous final days of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I find powerful expression in Donizetti's Tudor drama.
Excerpt from Roberto Devereux, Deutsche Grammophon 073 4185. Orchestra and Chorus of the Bavarian State Opera, Friedrich Haider, conductor. Edita Gruberova, Roberto Aronica.
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Queen Elizabeth I, the central character in
Roberto Devereux, has always attracted the
foremost divas of their day. That tradition
now continues with Sondra Radvanovsky,
the world’s leading interpreter of the great
19th-century Italian prima donna roles.
Donizetti’s show-stopping melodies and
sumptuous period costumes bring the intrigue
of the Elizabethan court to life within a
Shakespearean-inspired Globe Theatre setting.
On stage at the Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.
Performance time is approximately two hours, 40 minutes including one intermission.
Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™.
Conductor: Corrado Rovaris
Director: Stephen Lawless
Set Designer: Benoit Dugardyn
Costume Designer: Ingeborg Bernerth
Elisabetta: Sondra Radvanovsky
Nottingham: Russell Braun
Roberto Devereux: Leonardo Capalbo (April 25, 29 and May 3); Giuseppe Filianoti (May 10, 15, 18, 21)
Sara: Allyson McHardy
Production from Dallas Opera
Top: Stephen Costello as Roberto Devereux and Hasmik Papian as Elisabetta in the Dallas Opera production of Roberto Devereux, 2009. Photo: Karen Almond
Thumbnail: Sondra Radvanovsky as Elisabetta in the Canadian Opera Company production of Roberto Devereux, 2014. Photo by Michael Cooper.