Maria Stuarda

Gaetano Donizetti

Maria Stuarda


Two queens, one throne
A romantic opera in two acts in the Italian language, with Slovak and English subtitles

The new SND building, Opera and Ballet hall
21. 4. 2023 23. 4. 2023
Gaetano Donizetti wrote Maria Stuarda at the peak of his career as a composer. And although he yielded to the charms of the new romantic literature in the themes of many of his works, he was keen on returning to English history as a compelling source of spectacular themes for the stage. He was intrigued by the fate of the Scottish Queen Mary in Friedrich von Schiller's adaptation, but unlike the original, Donizetti avoided political and religious issues. However, he kept the legendary fictional scene of Mary's encounter with Elizabeth. Expressive dramatic conflict, abundant psychological character profiles, lyrical passages, and a great story featuring two rival queens make this suggestive production by the French director Gilbert Blin a narrative piece of the historic theatre.
Running time: 2 hrs 30 mins with one interval
Première April 21, 2023
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Production Team

Musical Direction Marco Guidarini
Direction by Gilbert Blin
Lighting design Kelly Martin
Dramaturgy Jozef Červenka