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The ill-fated Queen of Scots has always exerted a powerful fascination: she has appeared on stage, film and television and in countless novels and biographies. Donizetti's opera offers a great singing-actress untold opportunities. Mary portrays a memorable range of human emotion in the scenes leading to her execution - optimism, regret, love, remorse, despair and in the climactic scene of the fictitious encounter with her persecutor, Elizabeth I, the royal pride and defiance that are her undoing.
What a show! This is opera (in English) at its best. Dame Janet Baker is not the least bit dour or stand-off-ish in this performance. Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by Joe Murray
You still need subtitles, so what is the point of singing it in English? Certainly, artists like Janet Baker and Rosalind Plowright could sing in Italian "like everybody else". Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by F. Fairfield