6-28 May 2023
Dutch National Opera, Main Stage
2:35, incl. 1 interval
Two queens, one throne
A scorching face-off that is both personal and political, and ultimately proves to be fatal. This opera pits Elizabeth I, Queen of England, and Mary Stuart, the exiled Queen of Scots, against each other in a fierce struggle that is as much about power as it is about love and moral righteousness. Bel canto composer Donizetti created a ravishing score for this opera that is both melodic and deeply moving, delivering plenty of emotional intensity as the lethal conflict between the two historical queens unfolds.
Photo: Marta Syrko
Opera in two acts
Sung in Italian
Libretto Giuseppe Bardari
Musical direction Enrique Mazzola
Stage direction Jetske Mijnssen
Set design Ben Baur
Costume design Klaus Bruns
Dramaturgy Luc Joosten
Choreography Lillian Stillwell
Lighting design Cor van den Brink
Elisabetta Aigul Akhmetshina
Maria Stuarda Kristina Mkhitaryan
Anna Kennedy Sílvia Sequeira*
Leicester Ismael Jordi
Giorgio Talbot Aleksei Kulagin
Lord Guglielmo Cecil Simon Mechlinski
* Dutch National Opera Studio
Demi Wals, Alina Fejzo, Lili Kok, Evaldo Melo, Isabelle Nelson, Renzo Popolizio, Laia Vancells Pi, Luigi Vilotta
Billy Maan, Yara Swaab
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus master Edward Ananian-Cooper
Coproduction with Teatro San Carlo (Napels) and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia (Valencia)
Along with the printed programme book, we also offer online programme information for this performance. The online programme will take you behind the scenes with in-depth stories, articles, and interviews with the creators and cast.
Maria Stuarda - trailer
The second belcanto masterpiece in Donizetti's Tudor trilogy
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The power of Mijnssen’s stage direction is that she dismantles the good-and-fault concept and introduces flesh-and-blood people who inescapably strangle each other.
[Maria’s] infamous curse [from Elisabetta] was textbook material. So the two whipped themselves up magnificently in this iconic opera scene, aided greatly by the highly accurate conductor Enrique Mazzola and the gloriously performing Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in the pit.
A vibrant top performance
The stage direction carefully plots the path to their ultimate confrontation.
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Behind the scenes Maria Stuarda
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Dutch National Opera has a long-standing and proud history with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra | the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, which has been its main orchestra partner for the past 30 years. It is widely considered to be one of the best opera orchestras in the world.
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Almost every performance at Dutch National Opera & Ballet is preceded by an introduction, with background information that can deepen your theatre visit. The introductions are in Dutch and admission is free by showing a valid ticket.
Introduction Maria Stuarda by: Naomi Teekens
Time: 45 minutes before the start of each performance
Maria Stuarda - podcast
The recordings of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra that can be heard in the podcast below were made during the last run-through before the dress rehearsal of Maria Stuarda.
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