Roberto Devereux

Music by Gaetano Donizetti

 

History belongs to her. But does her heart?

Queen Elizabeth's rule over her nation is ironclad, but a secret passion threatens to consume her. At court, the Earl of Essex faces whispers of treason amidst rumors about his relationship with the Queen. She must decide whether to sign his death warrant in an impossible choice between love and country.

Production New to San Francisco Opera

Meet the Cast

Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano

Sung in Italian with English supertitles


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Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 40 minutes including one intermission

Who Should See It

Fans of Norma, The Crown, The Tudors, Queen Elizabeth, Great divas, The Royal Family and historical dramas.

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Full Series: A, D*, G, J, M, R*
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The Buzz

THE BUZZ

 “Ms. Radvanovsky’s technical command in this daunting Donizetti role was flawless. She is a true inheritor to the Callas approach to Bel Canto repertory in that she seizes upon these works as powerful and personal music dramas.”
–The New York Times

“This absolutely thrilling production of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux puts the ‘grand’ back into ‘grand opera.’”
Toronto Star

Jamie Barton is “a leader of a new generation of opera stars.”
The New York Times

Synopsis

Palace intrigue involving Queen Elizabeth I and her ex-lover Roberto Devereux, the Earl of Essex, ends in a deadly power play.

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Cast and Creative

Cast
Elisabetta (Elizabeth I) Sondra Radvanovsky
Roberto Devereux Russell Thomas
Sara Jamie Barton
Duke of Nottingham Artur Ruciński
Lord Cecil Amitai Pati
Walter Raleigh Christian Pursell *

PERFORMANCES

September 8, 11, 14, 18, 23, 27, 2018

Creative
Conductor Riccardo Frizza
Director Stephen Lawless
Set Designer Benoit Dugardyn
Costume Designer Ingeborg Bernerth
Lighting Designer Christopher Akerlind
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

*  San Francisco Opera debut

A Canadian Opera Company production.

 

Previous performances of Roberto Devereux can be found in our Archive.

MADE POSSIBLE BY

Keith and Priscilla Geeslin; and Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, through the Conductors Fund.

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Photo (top): Canadian Opera Company production of Roberto Devereux/Michael Cooper.