Written August 22, 2014
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 January 31, 2015
The best HD opera I've seen to date. Brava to Joyce DiDonato. This is now my new favorite opera!
Written January 29, 2015
Fantastic! Joyce DiDintato was fabulous, and the rest of the cast was superb.
Written May 03, 2015
Most beautiful bel canto ever! Unbelievably brilliant performance!
Written March 02, 2015
This was a fabulous substitute for being at the MET to catch the performance live, Near flawless sing and wonderful portrayals of the 16th Century Royals. Costumes and set were splendid too.