Written January 30, 2015
The Metropolitan Opera's magnificent portrayal of Maria Stuarda not only awakens our curiosity, and the scholarly intrigue, about the Elizabethan era of the late 16th century. It also, by the superb performance of Joyce DiDonato in the role of Mary Stuart, creates a new reality in our perspective on that crucial time. In the final scene, Mary actually forgives the Queen for sentencing her to death, beseeching the Almighty not to let Elizabeth's terrible deed interfere with the success of the Queen, and thus the forward movement of the Empire. Now that's quite an act, for which Mary exceeds even her most revered predecessors among Christian martyrs. What Mary does goes beyond conventional heroism to stake out a new territory in dramatic, operatic art. Unbelievable!
The portrayal of Queen Elizabeth is also unique, although somewhat mystifying. Elizabeth -- the originator of the Elizabethan Compromise -- is cast by Donizetti as evil. That's something to ponder, in our own time.
Written January 22, 2013
Seeing Maria Stuarda in HD was an experience which moved me as well as entertained and educated me. I did read about the story before I got to the theater, so I was somewhat prepared for the sequence of events. However, the honesty of the singing and acting propelled the drama into an interactive mode.
This is a great way to experience opera and be so involved in the piece. The close-ups of the singers, the gorgeous costumes, the interviews with the performers and the local accessibility made this a great experience for me! I have seen many operas live, and I will continue to do so. However, I love the HD broadcasts where I can have the best seat in the house for a fraction of the cost and at my local theater!
Written December 26, 2014
Nicely done with wonderful staging. Donna DiDonato's (Mary Stuart) arais were quite well done. Great supporting cast.
Written April 19, 2015
A rich and powerful opera experience. Joyce DeDonato is especially impressive.for her powerful singing and emotional range, but the total package of misic, voices, costumes, staging is remarkable.
Written January 30, 2015
What a spectacular performance. The staging, the voices, the sets the costumes none of it could have been better. Also sitting in a comfortable seat and being up close it was a most enjoyable afternoon. One could ask for nothing more., For anyone whop has not taken advantage of seeing a live performance from the Met I urge you to seek out a theater close to home for a most rewarding experience.