Parlando: The COC Blog

4/11/2014

Elizabeth I — The Role of a Lifetime

Queen Elizabeth I is one of history's most dramatized monarchs. Her lasting legacy, and fascinating personal life, has inspired countless works for the stage, page and screen. From epic historical dramas to irreverent comedies and even sci-fi, many notable performers have made the character of the Virgin Queen their own.

When Sondra Radvanovsky makes her role debut as Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux on April 25, she'll add her name to that list! To celebrate this iconic role, we've narrowed down a selection of our favourite on-screen Elizabeths through the years.

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4/8/2014

Roberto Devereux Listening Guide

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager

Stephen Costello as Roberto Devereux and Hasmik Papian as Elisabetta in Dallas Opera’s production of Roberto Devereux, 2009. Photo: Karen Almond

Introduction

Roberto Devereux is the final instalment in Gaetano Donizetti’s “Tudor Trilogy” which also includes Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda. Central to each of these operas is a soprano role which stretches the singer to the limits of her technical and dramatic capabilities. It’s generally agreed that the role of Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux represents the summit of these prima donna (principal female) roles with regards to difficulty.

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4/7/2014

Inside Opera: Hercules, Parts One & Two

Hercules

For the past month we've followed director Peter Sellars, conductor Harry Bicket and the cast of Hercules as they rehearsed together for the first time in three years to recreate Sellars' emotional production of Handel's great opera. During rehearsals we had the opportunity to chat with bass-baritone Eric Owens (Hercules), mezzo-soprano Alice Coote (Dejanira), countertenor David Daniels (Lichas), soprano Lucy Crowe (Iole) and tenor Richard Croft (Hyllus) about the artistic process as they step back into the shoes of the complex characters they brought to life in Chicago in 2011. 

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001