Sopranos, Leanne Kenneally and Morgan England-Jones shine as rival Queens in a dramatic adaptation of Donizetti’s bel canto masterpieces, Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux.
About this concert
Donizettis’ acclaimed bel canto masterpieces, loosely based on the Tudor Queens, are renowned for their demanding female leads, requiring singers with a sublime technique and stupendous sound who are capable of reaching stratospheric highs.
In The Two Queens, sopranos Leanne Kenneally and Morgan England-Jones star as Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I, two of the most remarkable women in history who were bound by blood as cousins, but divided in their beliefs as monarchs.
The dramatic lives of these rulers will be explored featuring semi-staged scenes from the composer’s operas Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux which feature favourite arias and chorus numbers including the Confrontation Scene, The Prayer and the Mad Scene.
Supported by a cast and chorus of some of Australia’s finest established and emerging artists, The Two Queens is Voxalis’ biggest project to date and a night of opera that you don’t want to miss!
Program to include
Donizetti Staged scenes from Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux
Sat 28th October, 2023 - 7:30pm
110 Minutes - With Interval
Concert Hall, Old Museum Building
480 Gregory Terrace Bowen Hills
Bar Open from 6:30pm, at interval, and after the performance
as Maria Stuarda
As Elizabeth I
as Anna Kennedy and Sara, Duchess of Nottingham
as GiorgoTalbot and Sir Gualtiero Raleigh
Cameron Bodiam Taylor
as Guglielmo Cecil and The Duke of Nottingham
as Roberto Leicester and Roberto Devereux
as Lord Cecil
Plus the Voxalis Opera Chorus:
Sarah Hubbard, soprano
Gianna Guttilla, soprano
Kira Dooner, soprano
Xanthe Allen, mezzo-soprano
Lauren Towns, mezzo-soprano
Bernard Wheaton, tenor
Kevin Gomez, tenor
Ji Zhang, tenor
Joel Berndt, baritone
Jia-Peng Yeung, baritone
David Upcher, bass
The Two Queens is proudly sponsored by:
The Two Queens main image by Ronan King-Rose