Written July 26, 2014
Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda,” recounts the clash between Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart (Mary, Queen of Scots) and ends with Mary heading to the executioner’s block. Everything is beautifully done and orchestrated! The entire cast is so talented, the costumes amazing, and the sets so artistic and symbolic. The camera work for the live HD is likewise awesome with very artful compositions of the scenes.The production stars the great American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in the title role. Her performance was astounding! She has it all — technique, sound, color, nuance, diction, acting — that totally engaged us the entire time and at times brought us to the point of tears. The entire cast is superb as are the musicians and the conductor. In her Met debut, Elza van den Heever, a 33-year-old South African soprano is also wonderful as the emotionally tempestuous Elizabeth (Elisabetta).She was so committed to this role that she shaved her head to accommodate the queen’s elaborat
Written July 31, 2014
Elza van den Heever is the essence of Henry VIII's daughter and Joyce DiDonato's singing is the answer to "why opera?"
Written January 21, 2013
fabulous production. there has been nothing like these operas in hd. singing was fantastic and seeing everything - costumes, faces, scenery, etc. added to the delight. especially great to have the intermissions visible.
Written January 20, 2013
Loved it! Magnificant voices and amazing costumes. The decor was not so good - especially during the 1st act. Didn't make sense.
All in all very enjoyable production.
Written January 22, 2013
I went for Joyce DiDonato whom I was blown away by in her role as Sycorax in The Enchanted Island...much to my delight, Matthew Polenzani whom I saw perform with Ana Netrebko in L'Elisir d'Amore also performs. He is fantastic and very easy on the eyes I must say! Back to Joyce whom in my opinion, is brilliant...she does not disappoint as Mary, Queen of Scots nor does the South African, Elza van den Heever who makes her Met debut as Elizabeth I. The sets and costume designs are absolutely gorgeous!