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Donizetti's Maria Stuarda

Pacific Opera, Victoria, Canada, April 12 - 22, 2012.

Photographs by David Cooper, courtesy of Pacific Opera, Victoria, Canada.


Photographs from Pacific Opera's production of Donizetti's Maria Stuarda. Director Maria Lamont took an unusual approach to the opera setting it in a museum where the staff (chorus) have charge of the portraits of the two queens, which then morphs each time into the particular scene.  Brent Schaus (, April 18, 2012 )  called it "an affecting and transcendent production" and found the approach "haunting". He praised both sopranos but most particularly found Edgar Ramirez as Leicester "a revelation". Bernard Jacobson (Seen and Heard International, April 17, 2012) was of much the same opinion with regards to the singing and orchestral playing but rather less enchanted with the director's museum concept summarising his evening, "Dramatically, then, this was a very mixed bag, but the music, and the musicians, ensured a triumph for an opera that deserves to be as firm a fixture in the repertoire as anything Donizetti wrote".


The Team


Maria Stuarda - Tracy Dahl

Elisabetta -  Sally Dibblee

Leicester -  Edgar Ernesto Ramirez

Talbot - Stephen Hegedus

Cecil - Andrew Love

Anna - Lisa DiMaria


Conductor - Timothy Vernon

Director - Maria Lamont

Set and Costume Designer - Camellia Koo

Lighting - Michael Walton



Leicester, Maria, Talbot, Elisabetta and Cecil



Photographs here and below, showing Pacific Opera's unusual approach to the opera.







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