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Opera & Musical Theater

Opera Cheat Sheet: Joyce DiDonato On Maria Stuarda

A quick intro to the second in Donizetti’s “Tudor Queens” trilogy, Saturday’s Met Opera broadcast.



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Carmen Giannattasio as Elisabetta I and Joyce DiDonato as Maria Stuarda in the 2014 Covent Garden production

In this Opera Cheat Sheet, Houston Public Media Arts & Culture Director St.John Flynn talks with superstar American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato who sang the title role in Houston Grand Opera's 2012 production of Gaetano Donizetti's Maria Stuarda.

Based on Friedrich Schiller's 1800 play Maria Stuart, it's the story of the rivalry between Mary, Queen of Scots and her cousin Elizabeth I of England.

Who said blood is thicker than water?

Tune in to Houston Public Media's Classical 91.7 Saturday, February 20th, at noon to hear the Metropolitan Opera's broadcast of Maria Stuarda featuring Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role.