Mary Stuart

Composed by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by Giuseppe Bardari based on Maria Stuart (1800) by Friedrich Schiller.
Sung in Italian with projected English translation.
This performance includes one 20-minute intermission.
Complimentary parking in the Jubilee parkade is included with your ticket.

The historic rivalry between Queen Elizabeth I and her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots, takes centre stage in Donizetti’s masterpiece Mary Stuart. Tears, lies, suspicion, and fury come together as the two queens engage in an electrifying showdown.

Composed in Donizetti’s trademark bel canto (literally, “beautiful singing”) style, Mary Stuart offers the singers a colourful emotional palette and allows them to display their technical finesse. Our singers bring such expertise and more, promising some thrilling vocal pyrotechnics. 

Soprano Kathryn Lewek, known internationally for the portrayal of her signature role, Queen of the Night, is Mary. Soprano Keri Alkema, an acclaimed bel canto singer who has been in multiple productions of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, plays Elizabeth. Both women have taken opera houses around the world by storm, and are preparing to impress Edmonton audiences with their skillful and heartfelt interpretation of the dueling Tudor queens. 

At the helm of Mary Stuart is director Maria Lamont, who previously wowed our audiences with Carmen this season. Alongside designer Camellia Koo, she presents a unique version of Mary Stuart: the production is set in a present-day Tudor mansion that is being turned into an exhibit. As museum staff prepare to mount two larger-than-life portraits of Elizabeth and Mary, the queens step out of their frames and relive their turbulent relationship for all to see. 

After the resounding success of Lucia di Lammermoor last season, Edmonton operagoers will witness the return of Donizetti in all his sublime glory with Mary Stuart. You won’t want to miss this exciting Alberta premiere! 

Mary Stuart plays at the Jubilee Auditorium on April 16 at 8 p.m., April 19 at 7:30 p.m., and April 21 at 7:30 p.m.

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