Seattle Opera

MARIA STUARDA Maria Stuarda DONIZETTI Seattle Opera

*photo credit: Philip Newton (1, 2, 5, 7); Jacob Lucas (3, 4, 6), original photos here.

HISTORIC CONFRONTATION WITH SEARING EMOTIONS. Two icons of British royalty, Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots, clash in a powerful story of jealousy, pity, doubt, menace, exaltation, and remorse. Extravagant period costumes and virtuosic bel canto singing heighten the many moods of this haunting, unforgettable battle of wills. Does Elizabeth retain her nobility and show clemency to her rival? Or will spite and ambition drive her to seal Mary’s grisly fate? Join us at the palace and see! [original text on Seattle Opera’s website]

TWITTER BUZZ: Joyce as Stuarda

Joyce el-Khoury awesome in entire Mary Stuart run. Sat nite exquisite. Brava! @JoyceSoprano #SOMaryStuart @SeattleOpera — Eugene Carlson (@mauryisl) March 13, 2016 @JoyceSoprano......

On Saturday night, El-Khoury scored a triumph in the title role, combining an exquisite delicacy of sound with affecting vulnerability — yet producing plenty of steel in the confrontation scene in which she denounces Elizabeth as a “vil bastarda.” On Sunday, few in the house realized that El-Khoury had just sung this taxing role the previous evening — and you couldn’t tell it from her Sunday performance, either. Skillfully saving her voice when she could, singing full-out when it counted, El-Khoury rallied for a remarkable show and a final mighty effort, a brave high D. Brava!

—Seattle Times