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Royal Opera's Maria Stuarda: pathos and nobility from Joyce DiDonato, lazy nonsense from the directors

Plus: A Glyndebourne production that fails the fragile early Mozart opera, La finta giardiniera

12 July 2014

9:00 AM

12 July 2014

9:00 AM

Maria Stuarda

Royal Opera House, in rep until 18 July

La finta giardiniera

Glyndebourne, in rep until 21 August

London is lucky to have heard Joyce DiDonato at the height of her powers in two consecutive seasons. The American mezzo has arguably done less well out of the arrangement, however, finding herself at the centre of two disappointing new productions. Last year it was Rossini’s La Donna del Lago, an intractable non-drama which John Fulljames’s staging (sponsored by Harris Tweed) turned into an unconvincing treatise on constructions of Scottish nationalism.

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