Maria, regina d'Inghilterra
Maria, regina d'Inghilterra (Mary Tudor, Queen of England) is an Italian opera in three acts, composed by Giovanni Pacini from a libretto by Leopoldo Tarantini, which was based on the play Marie Tudor by Victor Hugo. It was given its first performance at the Teatro Carolino, in Palermo, on 11 February 1843.
The opera was greeted with considerable acclaim at its creation. After a decade or so, it lost its popularity and disappeared from the stage until its revival by Opera Rara at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London as part of the Camden Festival on 23 March 1983.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast|
|Maria, Queen of England||soprano||Antonietta Marini-Rainieri|
|Riccardo Fenimoore||tenor||Nicola Ivanoff|
|Clotilde Talbot||soprano||Teresa Merli-Clerici|
|Ernesto Malcolm||baritone||Antonio Superchi|
|Gualtiero Churchill||bass||Antonio Benciolini|
- Place: London
- Time: 1553.
Mary I of England is infatuated with the Scottish adventurer Riccardo Fenimoore, whom she has ennobled as Lord Talbot, but he is unfaithful to her having seduced the foundling Clotilde, who is the only surviving child of the late Earl of Talbot. She has been raised and is now betrothed to the adoring Ernesto Malcolm, a commoner. Gualtiero Churchill, the Lord Chancellor, wants to protect the Queen by bringing Riccardo down, so he tells the Queen of Talbot's duplicity, and also reveals his knowledge that Clotilde is actually heir to the Talbot name. The Queen condemns Fenimoore to death but repents and orders Clotilde to help release him. However, to the dismay of the Queen, Churchill sees to it that the execution is carried out.
(Mary, Riccardo, Clotilde, Ernesto)
Opera House and Orchestra
Philharmonia Orchestra and the Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
|Audio CD: Opera Rara|
- Rose 2001, in Holden, p.650
- Walter Wiertz,"Pacini's Maria Tudor", a review in the Donizetti Society's (London) Newsletter #116 on donizettisociety.com Retrieved 13 December 2012
- Balthazar, Scott L. (with Michael Rose) (1997), "Giovanni Pacini", in Sadie, Stanley (ed.), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, New York: Grove (Oxford University Press), Vol. Three, pp. 808—812. ISBN 978-0-19-522186-2
- Commons, Jeremy, "Maria, regina d'Inghilterra", essay in the booklet accompanying the Opera Rara recording.
- Rose, Michael (2001), "Giovanni Pacini" in Holden, Amanda, (Ed.) The New Penguin Opera Guide, New York: Penguin Putnam, Inc. ISBN 0-14-029312-4