LIVE RECORDING FROM THE TEATRO ALLA SCALA, MILANO, 2008
Elisabetta ANNA CATERINA ANTONACCI
Maria Stuarda MARIELLA DEVIA
Anna Kennedy PAOLA GARDINA
Roberto FRANCESCO MELI
Giorgio Talbot SIMONE ALBERGHINO
Lord Guglielmo Cecil PIETRO TERRANOVA
Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala
Conducted by ANTONINO FOGLIANI
Directed, Set Design and Costumes by PIER LUIGI PIZZI
Two queens on one island. A recipe for disaster. Especially as both have a legitimate claim to the other’s throne. They are, after all, related… So the power politics are the name of the game. And, for reasons of state, one of the heads that wears a crown has
Maria Stuarda was laid to rest for more than a hundred years, finally being revived in 1958 in Bergamo under conductor Oliviero de Fabritiis. However the real breakthrough for the opera finally came with Giorgio de Lullo’s Florentine production for the Maggio
Musicale in 1967 (with set design and costumes by Pier Luigi Pizzi, director, set designer and costume designer at La Scala in 2008). As the two queens, Leyla Gencer and Shirley Verrett, set the vocal standards.
Since then, the triumph of Maria Stuarda has been unstoppable. Various top interpreters have taken on the vocal and acting challenges of the main roles, including Montserrat Caballé, Beverly Sills, Janet Baker, Rosalind Plowright, Joan Sutherland, Huguette Tourangeau, Maria Chiara, Edita Gruberova and Agnes Baltsa. Mariella Devia as Maria and Anna Caterina Antonacci as Elisabetta have now also added their names to this illustrious list.