Written January 20, 2013
this opera Maria Stuarda is wonderful. Joyce Di Donato was artistically up to the role. Her acting and singing was sublime. The rest of the cast were great. Must see opera and performance.
Written February 21, 2017
The best HD opera I've seen to date. Brava to Joyce DiDonato. This is now my new favorite opera!
Written March 23, 2017
The Met has a great production of this jewel of Donizetti's 3 Queens Trilogy: Maria Stuarda. With Joyce DiDonato in the lead role, students of bel canto have a textbook performance to revel in. That remarkable voice, aiding her deeply felt vocal acting became even more obvious when seen in the HD broadcast, with its constant closeups allowing any of us in the theater to be one with each performer.
I admit being biased when it comes to Donizetti and his operas ---and Maria Stuarda in particular. Dame Janet Baker's performances in English closed her stage career in Britain 30 years ago; that legendary performance has for me been the standard of comparison that has never been rivaled --including Beverly Sill's 1977 performance. That is until now: DiDonato has it all, and gave it all. I can only hope that she has a long and splendid career ahead of her.
Written October 10, 2015
glorious music, fantastic singing, amazing costumes and staging
Written August 25, 2016
It was absolutely outstanding - awesome - I cried - have never had that experience before