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Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point, Sydney


Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Running time

Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes, including one interval.

A throne is not made for two… Which Queen will rule her country and his heart?

Every aria demands greatness. Some interpretations transcend talent to reach for the sublime. With its intense trills and stratospheric highs, Maria Stuarda calls for a true prima donna to portray the ill-fated monarch in this concert rendition of Donizetti’s bel canto masterpiece.

International superstar soprano Olga Peretyatko takes up the mantle of La Superba Montserrat Caballé and La Stupenda Joan Sutherland, giving us a Mary Queen of Scots of lyrical beauty.

Her coloratura finds its counterpoint in the darker tones of mezzo-soprano Carmen Topciu, who debuts as Mary’s steel-hearted cousin Queen Elizabeth I.

Bound by blood but divided by their beliefs, the rivalry between Mary and her former ally, the brilliant Virgin Queen, couldn’t be more bitter. Hanging in the balance is the English throne, and Leicester’s love.

Richard Anderson is masterful as Mary’s confessor Talbot while Valerio Borgioni performs as The Earl of Leicester.

Let the power games begin!

These performances of Maria Stuarda by Gaetano Donizetti are given by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agents for Casa Ricordi S.R.L. of Milan.

Cast & Creative

Maria Stuarda
Earl of Leicester

Opera Australia Chorus
Opera Australia Orchestra

Gaetano Donizetti

Cheat Sheet: Maria Stuarda

Everything you need to know about Donizetti's rival queens.

What happens in the story? Who was the composer? What should I expect from the music? Here’s everything you need to know…

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Overture Dining at the Sydney Opera House

Enjoy dinner before the opera

Overture Dining at Sydney Opera House

Allow us to make your dinner reservation for you: at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre. You’ll be served a three-course menu for just $89.

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  • Visitors 16 years and over must be fully vaccinated (unless medically exempt),
  • On arrival QR code check-in is required for all visitors entering the venue, and
  • Face masks are mandatory for patrons 12 years and over while inside the foyers and theatre, including during the performance.
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