ROBIN NORTON-HALE directs a fully-staged new English version and production of Donizetti’s Mary, Queen of Scots (Maria Stuarda) for OperaUpClose.
Two ferocious 16th century Queens, Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I, go head-to-head in this historical tragedy, culminating in a fictitious meeting between the rival queens which sizzles with vocal fireworks.
With libretto also by ROBIN NORTON-HALE, Donizetti’s powerful melodies will be performed in a new orchestration by Paul McKenzie for six singers, accompanied by piano, clarinet and violin. Mary, Queen of Scots will tour as a fully-staged production to unique and evocative venues across the UK, some with direct links to the two Queens.
★★★★ Evening Standard
“a frightening intimacy… every glance and gesture carries full dramatic weight.”
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