Small picture of Donizetti

 

 

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

 

  

Elizabeth
2011 © Michal Daniel

 

 

 Elizabeth and Leicester
2011 © Michal Daniel

 

 

Mary and Elizabeth
2011 © Michal Daniel

 

 

 Cecil and Elizabeth
2011 © Michal Daniel

 

 

Mary
2011 © Michal Daniel

 

 

 Mary and Talbot
2011 © Michal Daniel

 

 

 

Page initially published in  2011