Donizetti’s emotive opera, composed in a sublime bel canto style, pits two important women of the historical Tudor family against one another. Queen of England, Elizabeth I, is suspicious of her cousin Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. She believes Mary wants to lay claim to her throne and thus holds her captive, and even considers putting Mary to death.
When the two queens meet, they engage in a lyrical battle; for good dramatic measure, Donizetti even throws a contentious love triangle in the mix. You won’t want to miss their dramatic face-off!
April 16, 19 & 21 • Jubilee Auditorium
Tickets start at $40
Controversial because composer Donizetti took the liberty of making Elizabeth and Mary meet face-to-face (when they never actually did), Mary Stuart saw a rough journey to the stage.
Between fictional love angles, quarrelling sopranos, and the prying censors, Mary Stuart stirred up drama both on and off stage!
For more insight into the theatrics of this Tudor opera, check out our blog!
Our exciting 2016/17 season is almost here, and season tickets are now on sale starting at $99 for all three operas! Don’t miss out on Puccini’s Turandot, Rossini’s Cinderella (La Cenerentola), and Strauss’s Elektra. Visit our website or call our box office to guarantee your seats for the season.
Opera came alive in technicolour at our 2016 Valentine’s Gala! Over 800 guests were treated to performances by the Edmonton Opera Chorus and Citie Ballet, with music by the Royal Canadian Artillery band. Fine dining, drinks, and some grand prizes (courtesy of sponsors Maison Birks and Harry Rosen) made this a spectacular event.
Special thanks to our evening sponsors, the Allard Foundation, and to the Dianne & Irving Kipnes Foundation for matching all donations from the gala! We can’t wait for next year!
Want to know more about the dueling queens of Mary Stuart? Come engage in a creative discussion with our expert panel, including musicologist Stephan Bonfield and theatre scholar Dr. Piet Defraeye. We will talk about Mary Stuart’s history, its music, and the many controversies surrounding it. This is a complimentary event, but please RSVP to save your spot!
Wednesday, March 30 • 7pm • CKUA
Enjoy a scrumptious brunch with some delectable arias at the Royal Glenora Club! The talented cast of Mary Stuart, including sopranos Keri Alkema (Elizabeth) and Kathryn Lewek (Mary) are sure to create a royal, memorable, and operatic Sunday brunch experience!
Sunday, April 3 at 11am • Royal Glenora Club
Adults $85 • Children $35
Pro Coro Canada returns for "Good Friday at the Winspear" with a classic piece by Johann Sebastian Bach, St. John Passion. Come celebrate Easter season with international tenor Lawrence Wiliford as the Evangelist.
Friday, March 25 • 7:30 pm • Winspear Centre