Opera for One: Roberto Devereux


Opera for One: Roberto Devereux

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera HouseJuly 16, 2020
B Reserve
Thu 16.7.20
7:30 PM
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Elizabeth ruled her country. But she couldn’t rule his heart.

Elizabeth has been the Virgin Queen too long. She relishes the attention of a younger courtier: the ambitious Roberto Devereux. But Devereux stands accused of treason. Elizabeth has to choose between her country and her heart.

This tale of love, lust and betrayal in the Tudor royal court strays a long way from history, but makes a sensational plot. Add Donizetti’s luxurious music, a brilliant cast and an extraordinary new production, and it becomes a must-see.

Davide Livermore (Aida, Anna Bolena) incorporates exciting digital technology to draw you into Elizabeth’s world. Floor-to-ceiling LED panels move across the stage to transform the set. Detailed period costumes offer a glimpse into Tudor times.

Jennifer Rowley, a Metropolitan Opera favourite, makes her debut as Elizabeth I. Elena Maximova is her secret rival, Sarah. Attala Ayan performs as the ill-fated title character. Paolo Carignani conducts.

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Paolo Carignani


Davide Livermore

Assistant Director Andy Morton

Set Designer

Giò Forma

Costume Designer

Mariana Fracasso

Lighting Designer

John Rayment

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Elizabeth I, Queen of England

Jennifer Rowley

Sarah, Duchess of Nottingham

Elena Maximova

Roberto Devereux

Atalla Ayan

Duke of Nottingham

Shane Lowrencev

Lord Cecil

Virgilio Marino

Sir Walter Raleigh

Richard Anderson

Page Ryan Sharp
Nottingham's Servant Alexander Hargreaves

Opera Australia Chorus

Opera Australia Orchestra

Running time: approximately 2 hours & 25 minutes, including one interval.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Principal Patron

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The StoryHide

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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