Thursday 19:00
Conductor and Artistic Director of the production: John Fiore (USA)

Maria Stuarda, Queen of Scotland – Marina Rebeka (soprano, Latvia)
Elisabetta, Queen of England – Katja Levin (soprano, Russia/Germany)
Roberto, Earl of Leicester – Bulent Bezduz (tenor, Turkey)
Giorgio Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury - Ghianluca Margheri (bass baritone, Italy)

Participating: Latvian Festival Orchestra, State Academic Choir “Latvija”

Cruel struggle for power in 16th century England, unfulfilled love, jealousy… and death. 180 years after its scandalous premiere at Milan’s La Scala for the first time the passions of opera Maria Stuarda composed by Italian bel canto genius Gaetano Donizetti will be recreated in Latvia’s best concert halls. The title role in this masterpiece, once banned by censorship and forgotten for more than a century, will be performed by the favourite of audiences and music critics, disarmingly endearing Latvian superstar of international renown Marina Rebeka (soprano).
The role of Maria’s rival and cousin, Queen Elisabetta of England will be sung by the talented and promising Russian soprano Katja Levin. The role of Maria Stuarda’s lover Roberto, Earl of Leicester will be entrusted to the Turkish tenor Bulent Bezduz, who has captivated Latvian audience before as Sir Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at the Latvian National Opera. The role of the Earl of Shrewsbury, Giorgio Talbot will be performed by the highly demanded Italian bass baritone, expert of 18th and 19th century Italian opera music Ghianluca Margheri.

The Latvian Festival Orchestra, formed by the best members of the nation’s orchestras, will be conducted by the experienced and respected American maestro John Fiore, for whom, just as for Mr Margheri, this will be the first appearance in Latvia.

Production supported by Rietumu Bank and its Charity Fund

Place: Great Hall
Tickets: EUR 25
Organiser: Concert agency Laba mūzika