Gallery Talk: The Real Elizabeth I

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12 June 2014, 19:30-20:00

Room 2


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Queen Elizabeth I, by Unknown English artist, circa 1600 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Elizabeth I
by Unknown English artist
circa 1600
NPG 5175

Charlotte Bolland, Exhibition Project Curator (16th Century Collections), discusses the character of Elizabeth I with soprano Carmen Giannattasio, who plays the Queen in the Royal Opera House’s production of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda.

Carmen Giannattasio has sung in the leading opera houses across the world from the Metropolitan to the Royal Opera House and La Scala. In April 2013 she made her debut at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Mimi in John Copley’s production of Puccini’s La Boheme to critical acclaim. Her Metropolitan Opera debut followed the same year, as Leonora in David McVicar’s production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore. In December 2013, Giannattasio opened the season at San Carlo as Violetta in La Traviata directed by film-maker Ferzan Özpetek, followed by Mrs Alice in Verdi’s Falstaff at La Scala.  She stars alongside leading mezzo soprano Joyce Di Donatoin the Royal Opera House’s new production of Maria Stuarda by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser.  Donizetti’s (1797-1848) tragic tale of rival queens is a three act opera which fictionalises an explosive meeting between them, despite this event never having taken place historically.

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