Gaetano Donizetti’s Mary Stuart (Maria Stuarda) Review

Review by Sarah Gill

Gaetano Donizetti’s Mary Stuart (Maria Stuarda) has not been seen in Melbourne for more than 40 years. The new production, directed by Suzanne Chaundy is being shown at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne and is led by acclaimed Donizetti specialist conductor, Richard Divall.

The dramatic and tragically beautiful opera depicts the rivalry between Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Mary Stuart. In reality the two queens never met, Donizetti’s opera tells the story of what would happen if they did.

This historical opera exposes the fighting cousins and shows that they each had their own set of strengths that were very different from each other. Mary is free spirited and thinks with her heart; Queen Elizabeth is very proud and lives for her country.

Gaetano Donizetti’s Mary Stuart (Maria Stuarda) is a captivating and beautifully crafted masterpiece.

Mary Stuart (Maria Sturdata) plays at the Athenaeum in Melbourne from the 2nd – 12th September 2015