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Maria Stuarda

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Deutsche OperBismarckstraße 35, Berlin, Germany
May 28, 31 at 19:30
Donizetti, Gaetano (1797-1848)Maria Stuarda (Concert performance)
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Francesco Ivan CiampaConductor
Diana DamrauSopranoMaria Stuarda
Jana KurucováMezzo-sopranoElisabetta
Javier CamarenaTenorEarl of Leicester
Nicolas TestéBassTalbot
John CarpenterBaritoneCecil
Annika SchlichtMezzo-sopranoAnna
Berlin Deutsche Opera Orchestra
Berlin Deutsche Opera Chorus

The banning of an opera on the charge that it created too much of a stir among the audience was no cause for surprise in the period of the Risorgimento, the Italian independence movement in the first half of the 19th century, but it was a fate that dogged Gaetano Donizetti throughout his career, and no more so than with his opera MARIA STUARDA. The Queen of the Two Sicilies, Maria Christina of Naples, is said to have been so overcome by the confessional scene at the end of the last act that she fainted, leading to the work being banned. Even if the story of the royal swoon owed more to fiction than fact, the truth of the matter in no way mitigated the explosive nature of the work in question. In the eyes of officialdom, an executed queen could not be the heroine of an opera. In the late 1950s MARIA STUARDA was rediscovered and recognised for what it was - a bel canto masterpiece and a pearl for every Donizetti fan. Following in the footsteps of Joan Sutherland, Montserrat Caballé and (latterly at the Deutsche Oper Berlin) Joyce DiDonato, Diana Damrau, one of the great bel canto prima donnas of our times, now presents her rendition of the hapless monarch.

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