Review by Sarah Gill

Gaetano Donizetti’s Mary Stuart (Maria Stuarda) has not been seen in Melbourne for more than 40 years. The new production, directed by Suzanne Chaundy is being shown at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne and is led by acclaimed Donizetti specialist conductor, Richard Divall.

The dramatic and tragically beautiful opera depicts the rivalry between Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Mary Stuart. In reality the two queens never met, Donizetti’s opera tells the story of what would happen if they did.

This historical opera exposes the fighting cousins and shows that they each had their own set of strengths that were very different from each other. Mary is free spirited and thinks with her heart; Queen Elizabeth is very proud and lives for her country.

Gaetano Donizetti’s Mary Stuart (Maria Stuarda) is a captivating and beautifully crafted masterpiece.

Mary Stuart (Maria Sturdata) plays at the Athenaeum in Melbourne from the 2nd – 12th September 2015


Sarah is an avid lover of books of most genres, including Sci-Fi and thriller. She also enjoys reading fantasy and memoir. She loves to write, both fiction and non-fiction and living in the lovely Williamstown in Melbourne always offer quiet places for her to read or to be inspired. Sarah has a Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing. Alongside her full-time job in insurance and working for TAT she is working on a few of her own novels and short story collections including her first memoir. Sarah is currently studying Bachelor of Professional and Creative Writing at Deakin University which will completed by mid 2019. She loves to travel and loves sharing her experiences with others and is always planning her next destination!

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