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Cork Opera House , Emmet Place, Cork City, Ireland

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Cast & Crew

Stage director
Lighting designer
Costume designer
Set designer
Chorus master
Irish National Opera Orchestra
Irish National Opera Chorus
Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart)
Elisabetta (Elizabeth)
Roberto (Robert)
Giorgio Talbot (George Talbot)
Lord Guglielmo Cecil (Lord William Cecil)
Anna Kennedy

About the work

Two Queens. One Catholic and Scottish, one Protestant and English. One in prison at the other’s behest. A man between them balancing loyalty and love. And an impassioned insult — “Vile bastard” — that leads to the scaffold. The insult was so potent that the first performance of Donizetti’s lyrical tragedy was cancelled at the last minute in Naples through royal intervention. A toned-down revision went awry in Milan the following year when the great Maria Malibran chose to sing the original words. More than century would pass before the work would finally make its way into the operatic mainstream.
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