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Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point, Sydney


Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Running time

Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes with one interval.

Roberto Devereux

Gaetano Donizetti

Salvadore Cammarano

These performances of Roberto Devereux by Gaetano Donizetti edited by Mario Parenti are given by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agents for Casa Ricordi S.R.L. of Milan.

She ruled her country. But she couldn’t rule his heart.

Elizabeth I has been the Virgin Queen too long. Her looks are fading. She relishes the attention of a younger courtier: the ambitious Roberto Devereux.

But Devereux stands accused of treason. Elizabeth must choose between her country and her heart.

This tale of love, lust and betrayal in the Tudor royal courts strays a long way from history but makes a sensational plot.

After the success of Maria Stuarda in Concert in 2022, Donizetti’s Tudor queens return with these concert performances of Roberto Devereux.

Led by Conductor Andrea Sanguineti, Donizetti’s luxurious music becomes a must-see performance.

Cast & Creative

Roberto Devereux
Duke of Nottingham
Lord Cecil
Sir Walter Raleigh
Servant of Nottingham

Opera Australia Chorus
Opera Australia Orchestra

Roberto Devereux in Concert, Sydney Opera House

Cheat Sheet: Roberto Devereux

Everything you need to know about Donizetti's opera of royal romance and revenge.

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The Program: Roberto Devereux

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The Story

Queen Elizabeth sends one of her favourite courtiers, Robert Devereux, on a mission to Ireland. Defying her orders, he makes peace with the Irish rebels.

Her jealous advisors seize the opportunity and demand she execute him for treason.

Elizabeth loves Devereux, and resists signing his death warrant.

But when she learns she’s caught up in a love triangle will Elizabeth choose her country or her heart?

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