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San Diego Civic Theatre
1100 3rd Avenue San Diego, CA 92101
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Time to put the I Pod away and stop yextinging and looking at email during the show. It is just plain rude and annoying to the people around you.
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3 stars
attended Feb 16 2008

How wonderful to have the haunting production of this old bel canto opera available to nonsubscribers. It's a public service to offer opera tickets to the community at close to half price, to extend the opera audience!

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attended Feb 16 2008

Ms. Jaho's last-minute cover in the role of Maria was a major revelation and triumph. Her dramatic outburst, "Figlia impura di Bolena . . ." was spine-chilling, and her high pianissimi floated ethereally to the rafters.

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attended Feb 19 2008

This performance was quite good. About the music & plot I like some other Donizetti Operas better (L'elisir d'amore, La fille du regiment, Don Pasquale), however this time the setting was impressive.

Just the customs & scenography were worth...continued

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In a powerful political chess game where death makes the final move, England’s Queen Elizabeth confronts her cousin, Queen Mary Stuart of Scotland, who is accused of treason. Caught in the middle is the Earl of Leicester, who loves Mary but is desired by Elizabeth. In a dramatic confrontation between the two queens, it becomes obvious that there is no room in Britain for two such powerful adversaries. Torn between the need to consolidate power and the compassion she feels for Mary, Elizabeth puts her personal feelings aside and is finally convinced by her courtiers to behead her own relative. She orders Leicester to watch the execution.

Full of melody from Gaetano Donizetti, the composer of Lucia di Lammermoor, with great choruses and dramatic ensembles, Mary, Queen of Scots is a classic lyric opera in the bel canto style, which simply means beautiful singing—and that’s what this opera is all about.

In a classical Elizabethan style, the world of the two queens has been faithfully re-created for the stage with splendid sets from New York City Opera and elegant period costumes.