In September 2018, Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose premiered a new English version of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda (Mary, Queen of Scots) with concert-style performances at unique and historical properties across the UK.
Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I go head-to-head in this historical tragedy, culminating in a fictitious meeting between the rival queens, which sizzles with vocal fireworks. Political leaders jostling for position as battle-lines are drawn over questions of national sovereignty? We’ll leave you to draw any contemporary parallels…
In April 2019, our rival Queens are back in battle gear for the fully-staged production, which will open with a fortnight at The Old Church in Stoke Newington, the only surviving Elizabethan church in London, followed by a week at the Charterhouse in Clerkenwell, originally a monastery (before its dissolution by Henry VIII), then a grand Tudor manor where Elizabeth I held her first Councils of State.
Donizetti's thrilling opera will be performed by six singers accompanied by piano, violin and clarinet, with the rest of the tour taking place at historic venues around the country.
ORCHESTRATION & MUSICAL DIRECTION BY Paul McKenzie
LIBRETTO & DIRECTION BY Robin Norton-Hale
Images from the 2018 tour of concert performances at National Trust Properties: Osterley Park and House, Sutton House and Breakers Yard and Canons Ashby.
Thank you to our supporters:
The Fidelio Charitable Trust
MARY STUART Flora McIntosh
QUEEN ELIZABETH Philippa Boyle
EARL OF LEICESTER Joseph Doody
LORD CECIL Ian Beadle
LORD TALBOT Stuart Pendred
ANNA Louise Ratcliffe
VIOLIN Stefano d'Ermenegildo
CLARINET Sarah Douglas