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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Production of Roberto Devereux by Donizetti opens January 30

All Hail the Queen - Minnesota Opera 
Minnesota Opera is proud to announce the first installment in Gaetano Donizetti's trilogy of operas based on the Tudor queens, Roberto Devereux, Mary Stuart and in 2011-2012 with Anne Boleyn. Leading a boutique cast of Bel Canto experts is Minnesota Opera favorite soprano Brenda Harris (Orazi e Curiazi) as Queen Elizabeth I opposite Portuguese tenor Bruno Ribeiro, who makes his Minnesota Opera debut as her treacherous lover, Roberto Devereux, Earl of Essex. Kevin Newbury (The Barber of Seville) returns to direct this superb cast with Bel Canto specialist Francesco Maria Colombo (Maria Padilla, Orazi e Curiazi) conducting the Minnesota Opera Orchestra. Set Designer Neil Patel Jessica Jahn have joined forces to create a beautiful, fresh period-inspired production to showcase the most important element of the Bel Canto style, the voice.

Download the Full Press Release Here

We are thrilled to hail the return of Bel Canto master soprano Brenda Harris, "a brilliant Elizabeth whose stunning bel canto instrument effortlessly negotiated Act One’s tricky vocal acrobatics. From tender interludes to thundering royal ragings, she was every inch a queen in command of her kingdom and this performance." - The Washington Times

Click here for performance dates, full artist bios and further information about Roberto Devereux.

Minnesota Opera also joins with the Arts Partners in celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Ordway on Sunday, January 17. A full press release can be found here.

Production Information
Elisabetta, Queen of England - Brenda Harris
Roberto Devereux, Earl of Essex - Bruno Ribeiro
Duke of Nottingham - Lester Lynch
Sara, Duchess of Nottingham - Tamara Klivadenko
Lord Cecil - Brad Benoit
Sir Gualtiero Raleigh - Jonathan Kimple
A page - Michael Nyby
A friend of Nottingham - Rodolfo Nieto

Conductor - Francesco Maria Colombo
Stage Director - Kevin Newbury
Set Designer - Neil Patel
Costume Designer - Jessica Jahn
Lighting Designer - D. M. Wood

Saturday, Jan. 30, 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 7, 2:00 p.m.

345 Washington Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

$20 - $200
Call the Minnesota Opera Ticket Office at 612.333.6669 or purchase online at



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