Opera by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by Giuseppe Bardari after the play by Friedrich Schiller
First performed in 1835 at the Teatro alla Scala di Milano
Last performed at the Grand Théâtre de Genève 2004-2005
Scenography & Costumes Designer
Simone Del Savio
Grand Théâtre de Genève Chorus
In the second part of our Donizetti trilogy about the Tudors, Elizabeth of England returns alongside her cousin Mary Queen of Scots. She who was once also Queen of France is an expert at imposing her whims and wills, juggling lovers, partisans and rebellions. Channeling her father Henry VIII, Elizabeth dispatches her rival to the scaffold, where Mary does not lose the opportunity to stage her own death...
Mariame Clément and Julia Hansen take us back to the phantasmagorical universe they initiated last season with characters who, in the style of Henry James, seem to visit each other from one opera to the next, weaving history, its hidden reasons and our gaze with an invisible thread. Stéphanie d'Oustrac sings the title role and Elsa Dreisig, the Virgin Queen.
The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande follows the lead of Maestro Stefano Montanari who, from behind his fortepiano, rebuilds the musical bridges between Donizetti’s predecessors and successors.
Poème symphonique, pour cent métronomes
Johann Sebastian Bach
Komm süsser Tod (orchestration by Leopold Stokowski)
Kindertotenlieder, for mezzo-soprano and orchestra
Recorded on 21 January 2021 at Victoria Hall, Geneva