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Donizetti's Mary Stuart

Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis,  January 29 - February 6, 2011.

Photographs copyright Michal Daniel, courtesy of Minnesota Opera


Photographs from the well received 2011 Minnesota Opera production of Donizetti's Mary Stuart (Maria Stuarda).  It follows their Roberto Devereux in 2010 with many of the same team.  They plan Anna Bolena at a future date, but their next bel canto production is Lucia di Lammermoor, March 3 - 11, 2012.

Brad Richason in the Twin Cities Performance Art Examiner , January 31, 2011, wrote that "Howarth is a marvel of vocal dexterity, imbuing her sweeping range with evocative feeling ... Not to be outdone, Harris gives Elizabeth a regal bearing that crumbles in private as her hidden insecurities rise to the surface. Pitch perfect, Harris exhibits a flawless legato with a naturalism that perfectly exemplifies the Bel Canto form".


The Team


Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots - Judith Howarth

Elizabeth I, Queen of England - Brenda Harris

Robert, Earl of Leicester - Bruce Sledge

Lord Cecil, Elizabeth's councilor - Michael Nyby

Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury - Jonathan Kimple

Anne, Maria's nurse - Victoria Vargas


Conductor - Anne Manson

Stage Director - Kevin Newbury

Set Designer - Neil Patel

Costume Designer - Jessica Jahn

Lighting Designer - D. M. Wood


Minnesota Opera Orchestra and chorus



2011 © Michal Daniel



 Elizabeth and Leicester
2011 © Michal Daniel



Mary and Elizabeth
2011 © Michal Daniel



 Cecil and Elizabeth
2011 © Michal Daniel



2011 © Michal Daniel



 Mary and Talbot
2011 © Michal Daniel




Page initially published in  2011