Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Opera Preview: Mary Stuart/Maria Stuarda by Gaetano Donizetti, Thursday, January 28, 7-8:30pm at the Shoreline Library Large Meeting Room, 345 NE 175th.
This, the greatest of Donizetti's three "Tudor Queen" operas, was first performed in 1835. It is a not-very accurate retelling of the rivalry, both political and romantic, between Queen Elizabeth I of England and Mary Queen of Scots.
Some of the most exciting music Donizetti ever wrote was given to Mary/Maria as she battles for her life against the more powerful Elizabeth/Elisabetta. Mary/Maria's farewell to her friends and supporters will bring even a cynic to tears.
This free lecture, provided to increase enjoyment and appreciation of Seattle Opera productions, will feature speaker Norm Hollingshead with recorded musical excerpts.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Shoreline Library.