Maria Stuarda http://wrti.org en The Doomed Mary Queen of Scots: Houston Grand Opera, Dec. 1st at 1 pm http://wrti.org/post/doomed-mary-queen-scots-houston-grand-opera-dec-1st-1-pm <p>The tragic opera <em>Maria Stuarda,</em> part of Donizetti's “Tudor Trilogy” of operas, reveals the deadly rivalry between two monarchs: Mary, Queen of Scots, and her cousin, Elizabeth I, Queen of England. Elizabeth has imprisoned Mary for treason, but agrees to meet with her at the urging of the Earl of Leicester—Elizabeth's advisor and Mary's lover. Tempers flare, insults are hurled, and Mary's fate is sealed. She contemplates her death with great dignity and virtuosic bel canto singing in the final scene.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 12:20:52 +0000 WRTI Staff 4814 at http://wrti.org The Doomed Mary Queen of Scots: Houston Grand Opera, Dec. 1st at 1 pm