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Maria Stuarda broadcast live by BBC Radio 3 on 14 July 2014 at 7.15pm

Cast includes Joyce DiDonato, Carmen Giannattasio, Ismael Jordi and Jeremy Carpenter, conducted by Bertrand de Billy.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

11 July 2014 at 4.48pm | Comment on this article

Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser's production of Donizetti's bitter tragedy Maria Stuarda will be broadcast live by BBC Radio 3's Opera on 3 on 14 July at 7.15pm.

The production, which had its world premiere on 5 July, stars Joyce DiDonato (Maria Stuarda) and Carmen Giannattasio (Elisabetta) as two queens locked in a bitter power struggle. Ismael Jordi is Roberto, Conte di Leicester and Jeremy Carpenter plays Guglielmo Cecil. Bertrand de Billy conducts. Read audience reactions to the opening night.

Donizetti's political drama, which is based on Friedrich von Schiller's 1800 play Maria Stuart, depicts a fictitious meeting between Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. Donizetti adds a romantic dimension by having Leicester fall in love with Maria. The score contains some of the composer's most moving music and provides a vocal showcase for the two lead singers. Famous pairings for the regal cousins include Joan Sutherland and Huguette Tourangeau, both of whom starred in the first production of Maria Stuarda at Covent Garden in 1977. Find out more in our Opera Essentials series.

Maria Stuarda runs until 18 July. Tickets are still available.

It is a co-production with Polish National Opera, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris, and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona. It is staged with generous philanthropic support from Lord and Lady Laidlaw, Susan and John Singer and Michael Hartnall.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

11 July 2014 at 4.48pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged BBC Radio 3, broadcast, by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser, Live broadcast, Maria Stuarda, Production, radio, Radio 3, The Royal Opera

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