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Great Performances At The Met: Maria Stuarda

Joyce DiDonato stars as Mary, Queen of Scots in the first-ever Met production of Gaetano Donizetti’s dramatic historical opera "Maria Stuarda." South African soprano Elza van den Heever makes her Met debut as Mary’s rival, the formidable Queen Elizabeth I, and Matthew Polenzani sings Leicester, the nobleman caught between the dueling monarchs. Maurizio Benini conducts a cast that also includes Matthew Rose as Talbot, Mary’s jailer, and Joshua Hopkins as Elizabeth’s advisor Cecil. (Debuts August 11, 2013 at 12 p.m. on KPBS TV)

Joyce DiDonato as the title character and Elza van den Heever as Elisabetta in Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda."

Joyce DiDonato as the title character and Elza van den Heever as Elisabetta in Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda."

Credit: Courtesy of Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Elza van den Heever as Elisabetta and Joyce DiDonato as the title character in Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda."

Elza van den Heever as Elisabetta and Joyce DiDonato as the title character in Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda."

Credit: Courtesy of Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Elza van den Heever as Elisabetta and Joyce DiDonato as the title character in Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda."

Elza van den Heever as Elisabetta and Joyce DiDonato as the title character in Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda."

Credit: Courtesy of Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

A scene from Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda."

A scene from Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda."

Credit: Courtesy of Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Joyce DiDonato as the title character of Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda."

Joyce DiDonato as the title character of Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda."

Credit: Courtesy of Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

A scene from Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda" with Matthew Polenzani as Leicester, Joshua Hopkins as Cecil, Elza van den Heever as Elisabetta, and Joyce DiDonato as Maria Stuarda.

A scene from Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda" with Matthew Polenzani as Leicester, Joshua Hopkins as Cecil, Elza van den Heever as Elisabetta, and Joyce DiDonato as Maria Stuarda.

Credit: Courtesy of Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

A scene from Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda."

A scene from Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda."

Credit: Courtesy of Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Matthew Rose as Talbot and Joyce DiDonato as the title character of Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda."

Matthew Rose as Talbot and Joyce DiDonato as the title character of Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda."

Credit: Courtesy of Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Joyce DiDonato as the title character and Joshua Hopkins as Cecil in Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda."

Joyce DiDonato as the title character and Joshua Hopkins as Cecil in Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda."

Credit: Courtesy of Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Elza van den Heever as Elisabetta and Matthew Polenzani as Leicester in Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda."

Elza van den Heever as Elisabetta and Matthew Polenzani as Leicester in Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda."

Credit: Courtesy of THIRTEEN for WNET

Elza van den Heever as Elisabetta in Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda."

Elza van den Heever as Elisabetta in Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda."

Credit: Courtesy of Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

A scene from Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda."

A scene from Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda."

Credit: Courtesy of Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

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