Donizetti : Roberto Devereux

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The spectacular role-taking of Elisabetta by Mariella Devia in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux with Gregory Kunde at the Teatro Real – Madrid.

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Donizetti : Roberto Devereux

In the last and most dramatic aria in ‘’Roberto Devereux’’, one of the four Tudor period operas composed by Donizetti in 1837 (along with ‘’Anna Bolena’’, ‘’Maria Stuarda’’ and ‘’Il Castello di Kenilworth’’), the protagonist, Queen Elizabeth I of England, exclaims: “I do not reign, I do not live”. This statement encapsulates great operatic themes, and it is the culmination of an opera that reveals the passions of characters who live among palace intrigues. Written in the mature period of the leader of Italian romanticism, the opera displays a great vocal virtuosity, and is an example of Donizetti prizing the voice above all in the genre. The staging, by South African director Alessandro Talevi, who has been very successful in great opera houses as well as with more experimental theatre, places the play in an undetermined period, focusing on the chiaroscuro.


Bruno Campanella conducts the production with Mariella Devia (Award Winner Singer of the Year at the Opera Awards 2016), Silvia Tro Santafé and Gregory Kunde in the main roles.


Donizetti : Roberto Devereux [DVD & Blu-ray]

Lyric drama in three acts
Music : Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)
Libretto : Salvatore Cammarano
after J-F Ancelot

Elisabetta : Mariella Devia
Lord Duca Di Nottingham : Marco Caria
Sara : Silvia Tro Santafé
Roberto Devereux : Gregory Kunde
Lord Guglielmo Cecil : Juan Antonio Sanabria
Sir Gualtiero Raleigh : Andrea Mastroni

Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Real – Madrid
Conductor : Bruno Campanella

Stage director : Alessandro Talevi
Sets and designs : Madeleine Boyd
Lighting design : Matthew Haskins
Choreography : Maxine Braham
Chorus master : Andrés Maspero

Image gallery

“Mariella Devia, Queen of Spiders”
“This was most a promising start to the season, a first-class rendition of a neglected work and a joyful confirmation of Mariella Devia’s well-deserved place in bel canto history.” –

Technical informations

HD recording : Teatro Real – Madrid | 10/2015
TV direction : Stephane Lebard
Release date : October 21st 2016
Distribution : Naxos Distribution

: BAC130
Duration : 137 min
Subtitles : ITAL / FR / ENG / GER / KOR
Booklet : 16 pages
Image : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code : 0

Reference : BAC430
Duration : 137 min.
Subtitles : ITAL / FR / ANGL / ALL / KOR
Booklet : 16 pages.
Image : Couleur, 16/9, Full HD
Sound : PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master audio 5.1
Region code : A, B, C

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