Gaetano Donizetti: Maria Stuarda

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  • Release Date: 12/15/2009
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 730099026178
  • Catalog Number: 8660261-62
  • Sales rank: 248,224


Disc 1
  1. 1–37 Maria Stuarda, opera - Gaetano Donizetti & Laura Polverelli (116:18)
    Composed byGaetano Donizetti
    Conducted byRiccardo Frizza
    Performed byLaura Polverelli, Roberto de Biasio, Marchigiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Coro Lirico Marchigiano "Vincenzo Bellini", Giovanna Lanza, Riccardo Frizza, Mario Cassi, Maria Pia Piscitelli
    1. 1Act 1. Introduction
    2. 2Act 1. Qui si attenda, ell'è vicina
    3. 3Act 1. Sì, vuol di Francia il Rege
    4. 4Act 1. Ah! Quando all'ara scorgemi
    5. 5Act 1. Ah! Dal ciel discenda un raggio
    6. 6Act 1. Fra voi perché non veggio Leicester?
    7. 7Act 1. Hai nelle giostre, o Talbot, chiesto di me?
    8. 8Act 1. Ah! Rimiro il bel sembiante
    9. 9Act 1. Se fida tanto colei m'amò
    10. 10Act 1. Sei tu confuso?
    11. 11Act 1. Era d'amor l'immagine
    12. 12Act 1. Sul crin la rivale
    13. 13Act 2. Allenta il piè, Regina
    14. 14Act 2. Oh nube! Che lieve per l'aria ti aggiri
    15. 15Act 2. Nella pace del nesto riposo
    16. 16Act 2. Ah! Non m'inganna la gioia!
    17. 17Act 2. Da tutti abbandonata
    18. 18Act 2. Ah sì! Se il mio cor tremò giammai
    19. 19Act 2. Qual loco è questo?
    20. 20Act 2. È sempre la stessa: superba, orgogliosa
    21. 21Act 2. Va'... Io chiedi, o sciagurata
    22. 22Act 2. Va', preparati furente a soffrir l'estremo fato
    23. 23Act 3. E pensi? E tardi?
    24. 24Act 3. Quella vita a me funesta
    25. 25Act 3. Ah! Deh! Per pietà sospendi
    26. 26Act 3. Vanne, indegno: t'appare sul volto
    27. 27Act 3. La perfida insultarmi anche volea
    28. 28Act 3. Oh mio buon Talbot!
    29. 29Act 3. Quando di luce rosea
    30. 30Act 3. Lascia contenta al carcere
    31. 31Act 3. Vedeste?... Vedemmo... Qual truce apparato!
    32. 32Act 3. Anna... Qui più sommessi favellate
    33. 33Act 3. Deh! Tu di un'umile preghiera il suono
    34. 34Act 3. Oh colpo!... è già vicino del tuo morir l'istante
    35. 35Act 3. Di un cor che more reca il perdono
    36. 36Act 3. Giunge il conte
    37. 37Act 3. Ah! Se un giorno da queste ritorte
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Donizetti; Maria Stuarda

    Mary Stuart, a Catholic and heiress to the Scottish throne, was a tragic figure in the violent religious struggles that ensued after the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I ascended the throne after her father Henry VIII's death. Actual historical events thus provided a superb operatic opportunity. As Donizetti's opera "Maria Stuarda" begins, Mary is already imprisoned at Fotheringay Castle. Queen Elizabeth contemplates marriage with the King of France in order to avert a threatened alliance between Scotland and France, but she is torn between her duty to England and her love for the Earl of Leicester. Leicester, who adores Mary and wishes to secure her freedom, pleads with Elizabeth for Mary's life and gives her a letter from Mary, in which she requests a meeting. Elizabeth surmises that Mary, having failed to secure the English crown, seeks to deprive her of Leicester. Elizabeth and Mary meet and a violent quarrel ensues in which they trade insults. Elizabeth vows to have Mary executed. Encouraged by William Cecil, Elizabeth ignores Leicester's pleading and signs the death warrant. The opera ends as Mary walks to her execution.
    The opera's composition and productions seemed to be jinxed: Donizetti hired the amateur poet Giuseppe Bardari because his regular librettist refused the task; the King of Naples attended the 1834 dress rehearsal and banned the opera because it was too tragic. Donizetti transformed "Maria Stuarda" into "Buondelmonte" (set in Italy), which failed. "Maria Stuarda" was presented in Milan in 1835, but after seven performances the censors suddenly demanded changes. The opera was abandoned for 123 years, when 1958 and 1963 performances were marred by cast illnesses. A 1966 London performance was finally triumphant.
    The Naxos 2-CD set is attractively priced and the cast is a strong one, though Maria Polverelli (Elizabeth) faces stiff competition from Dame Janet Baker (Chandos), Dame Joan Sutherland (Decca), and Beverly Sills (Decca or Brilliant). All are still available, so it may come down to your personal choice of which cast you prefer.

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