8th August

Concert will begin at 17:30 hours GMT

Archival recording: Donizetti's 'Maria Stuarda' with Gruberova, Baltsa, Araiza and Rydl from Vienna

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Donizetti's 'Maria Stuarda' is a tragic opera in two acts to a libretto by Giuseppe Bardari, based on Andrea Maffei's translation of Friedrich Schiller's 1800 play Maria Stuart. The Lords and Ladies of the Court enter after a tournament to honor the French ambassador, who has brought a marriage proposal to Queen Elizabeth from the Dauphin François. She considers the proposal, one which would create an alliance with France, but she is reluctant to give up her freedom and also pardon her cousin Mary Stuart, the former Queen of Scots, whom she has imprisoned because of various plots against her throne.

Performers: Edita Gruberova: Maria. Agnes Baltsa: Elisabetta. Francisco Araiza: Leicester. Kurt Rydl: Talbot. Hans Helm: Cecil. Anna Gonda: Anna.

Wiener Staatsoper Choir and Orchestra. Conductor: Adam Fischer.

Recorded 28 September 1985.

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