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Maria Stuarda is an Italian opera in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti, libretto by Giuseppe Bardari, after Friedrich Schiller's play Maria Stuart. It was first performed in Naples, on October 18,1834, under the name of Buondelmonte due to censorship problems, and in its original version in Milan, on December 30, 1835. One of Donizetti's finest work, it is notable for the confrontation scene between Queen Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I of England, which in real life never took place.
Principle roles and voice types
- Maria Stuarda - soprano
- Elisabetta - soprano or mezzo-soprano
- Leicester - tenor
- Talbot - bass
- Cecil - baritone
- The Complete Dictionary of Opera & Operetta, James Anderson, Wings Books, 1993.