Gaetano Donizetti (1797 1848) wrote three operas based on the lives of English Queens: Anna Bolena (1830), Maria Stuarda (1834), and Roberto Devereux (1837). None of them stick very close to history; each is treated in such a way as to heighten, exaggerate, or simply invent scenes and situations that might have taken place during the lives of these three fascinating monarchs. Maria Stuarda s dramatic
punch, particularly when the two starring women are front and center, is unique: rivalry is always the stuff of great drama, but rivalry between monarchs is, by definition, on an entirely different and much higher level.
Opera d Oro presents Grand Tier, a deluxe edition of the most beloved Opera d Oro performances with original artwork by Rafal Olbinski and re-mastered sound!
Features a 56-page booklet with historic photos, a complete French libretto and new original English translation, and an essay on the performance by Bill Parker.
Live performance, Milan, 1971.