Sondra Radvanovsky Continues Her “Three Queens” Season at the Met,
Starring in the Title Role of Maria Stuarda Beginning January 29
Sir David McVicar’s production, conducted by Riccardo Frizza, also stars Elza van den Heever as Maria Stuarda’s rival Elisabetta, Celso Albelo in his Met debut as Leicester, Patrick Carfizzi as Cecil, and Kwangchul Youn as Talbot
New York, NY (January 21, 2016) – Sondra Radvanovsky sings the second of the three Queens in Donizetti’s “Tudor trilogy” when she stars as the devout, doomed Mary, Queen of Scots in Maria Stuarda, opening January 29. Maria Stuarda tells the story of the political and personal rivalry between two queens: Mary, Queen of Scots and her cousin and rival, Queen Elizabeth I. Radvanovsky is the first soprano in Met history who will sing the lead roles in all three Donizetti Queen operas in the course of a single New York season, a feat famously accomplished by Beverly Sills at New York City Opera in the 1970s.
Riccardo Frizza conducts all performances of Sir David McVicar’s production of Maria Stuarda, which premiered on New Year’s Eve 2013. Elza van den Heever reprises Queen Elizabeth I, Mary’s arch-nemesis, a role she sang to acclaim in the Met premiere in 2012. Celso Albelo makes his Met debut as Mary’s lover Leicester; Patrick Carfizzi sings the role of Cecil, a chancellor who helps sign away Mary’s fate; and Kwangchul Youn makes his Met role debut as the Earl Talbot.
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Performances: January 29; February 1, 5, 8, 11, 16, 20mat. Curtain times vary: complete schedule here. Running time: 2 hours and 46 minutes, including one intermission.
Tickets begin at $25; for prices, more information, or to place an order, please call (212) 362-6000 or visit www.metopera.org. Special rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling (212) 341-5410 or visiting www.metopera.org/groups.
Same-day $25 rush tickets for all performances of Maria Stuarda are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the Met’s Web site. Tickets will go on sale for performances Monday-Friday at noon, matinees four hours before curtain, and Saturday evenings at 2pm. To enter, click here.
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