The Met: Live in HD presents Gaetano Donizetti's Maria Stuarda

Media Advisory

1 p.m. (live) and 6 p.m. (encore)
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

Image: J DiDonatoWho: Gaetano Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, presented by The Met: Live in HD
David McVicar, who directed last season's Met premiere of "Anna Bolena," directs the company premiere of "Maria Stuarda," the second opera in Gaetano Donizetti's famous trilogy of operas about Tudor history. "Donizetti's three Tudor operas are very different in tone, mood, and musical content," McVicar says. "With 'Maria Stuarda' being a different kind of opera than last season's 'Anna Bolena,' which we presented with a great deal of historical accuracy, we've gone for a visual style which is freer. Rather than reflecting history, it reflects the romantic nature of this retelling of the story and the sweeping romantic nature of Donizetti's music." Joyce DiDonato sings the title role of the defiant Mary, Queen of Scots. South African soprano Elza van den Heever makes her Met debut as Mary's formidable rival, Queen Elizabeth I. Maurizio Benini conducts a cast that also includes Matthew Polenzani as the Earl of Leicester, Joshua Hopkins as Cecil, and Matthew Rose as Talbot.

What: The Met: Live in HD is a series of high definition opera transmissions of The Metropolitan Opera's 2012-2013 season direct from Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. With strategically placed cameras in front of, around and behind The Metropolitan Opera House stage, The Met: Live in HD transmissions give Quick Center audiences a state-of-the art opera experience and better-than-front-row-seat visibility.

When: 1 p.m. (live) and 6 p.m. (encore); Saturday, January 19, 2013; pre-performance discussions takes place at 12:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

Where: Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield, CT

Tickets: $25, $20 seniors, $10 children/students. The Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396 (1-877-278-7396).

Location: The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Free, secure parking is available. Access for people with disabilities is available throughout the Quick Center for audience members and performers. Hearing amplification devices are available upon request at the Box Office. Fairfield University is located off exit 22 of Interstate-95. For further information and directions, call (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396, or visit .


Image: Joyce DiDonato, pictured, sings the title role of Mary in "Maria Stuarda" broadcast at Fairfield University's Quick Center in HD at 1 p.m. (live) and 6 p.m. (encore) Saturday, January 19, 2013, as part of The Met: Live in HD.

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Media Contact: Mike Horyczun, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2647,

Posted on December 19, 2012

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