Donizetti Roberto Devereux
Helena Dix Elizabetta
Christopher Turner Roberto Devereux
Catherine Carby Duchess of Nottingham
Julien Van Mellaerts Duke of Nottingham
James Platt Sir Gualtiero Raleigh
Stephen Aviss Lord Cecil
Chelsea Opera Group Chorus and Orchestra
Gary Matthewman conductor
Roberto Devereux (1837) is one of the finest of the brilliant series of operas that Donizetti wrote for Naples in the 1830s. The librettist was his regular Neapolitan collaborator, Salvadore Cammarano, who had written Lucia di Lammermoor for Donizetti in 1835 and would later write Il trovatore for Verdi.
Inspired by events in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Cammarano created a drama that is historically inaccurate but full of emotional power. His characterisation of the queen, in particular, is a compelling portrait of conflicting love and duty and one of the great roles in the bel canto repertory.
Chelsea Opera Group is delighted to welcome back Helena Dix who will sing the role of Elizabetta.
Concert performance in Italian with English surtitles.
NB. Please note start time.
Duration: approx. 2 hours 30 mins (incl. interval)