Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda (Donizetti)

15 April 2018
Luzerner Theater - Luzern (CH)
Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda (Donizetti)
Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda (Donizetti)


Two Queens face off – both hold a claim to the English throne. Elisabeth, sitting regent of England, protestant, and Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotts, catholic. Two of us is one too many. Surrounded by men hungry for their piece of the pie both their private and public lives turn into battlefields of diplomacy. And, as if that weren’t enough, both queens fall for the same man: Leicester. Raging passions are being manifested in songs: Bel canto – smooth, cantabile style of singing, dramatic arias, cascades of vocal artistry, pressing forward, fizzing or keen as a razor. A feast for singers.

«Maria Stuarda» is a semi-staged performance, and hence the continuation of our newly invented spontaneous performance format. In the season 16/17 a fun-loving «Italiana» from Rossinis comic opera turned both Algieri and Lucerne upside down. Now we turn to the tragic field: Mary Stuart carves out her existence in a dungeon, as Benedikt von Peter brings her to the stage, with great improvisation, scarce resources and a sportive schedule – aided creatively by the ensemble.

Introduction to the work 45 minutes before showtime