Met Opera: Roberto Devereux18th June, 2015
MET PREMIERE Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the extraordinary challenge of singing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens in the course of a single season, a rare feat made famous by Beverly Sills — and not attempted on a New York stage since.
In this climactic opera of the trilogy, she plays Queen Elizabeth I, forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux. Tenor Matthew Polenzani is Devereux, and mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien complete the principal quartet in the bel canto masterpiece, conducted by Donizetti specialist Maurizio Benini. As with the earlier Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda, the production is by Sir David McVicar, who with this staging completes an enormously ambitious directorial accomplishment.
Music: Gaetano Donizetti
Production: David McVicar
Conductor: Maurizio Benini
Cast: Sondra Radvanovsky, Matthew Polezani, Elīna Garanča, Mariusz Kwiecien