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Queenly Faceoff

By lucelucy
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?"
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Best Opera performace we ever saw!!

Written March 06, 2015
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
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Maria Stuarda GD

By Tamar921
Written October 28, 2014
Fantastic performance in s terrible venue! Go but avoid the Union Square Regal!
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Maria Stuarda Opera

By delvec
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.
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Met's Maria Stuarda

By Kent196
Written July 02, 2015
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