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Peerless Mary Stuart from ENO,
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This review is from: Donizetti : Mary Stuart [DVD]  [NTSC] (DVD)
Anyone who likes opera will enjoy this stupendous performance of Donizetti’s powerful achievement of Schiller’s tragedy. John Copley’s traditional production and the very appropriate sets serve the music and drama well. The cast is top-rate and could scarcely be bettered. Janet Baker is a touching but also feisty Mary, heartrending in her prayer scene with the excellent John Tomlinson as her confessor Talbot. Mary’s confrontation with the Elizabeth of Rosalind Plowright is exciting and fiery. Great support comes from David Rendall as the “torn between the two Queens”, Lord Leicester and from Alan Opie as the vengeful Lord Cecil. Charles Mackerras gets a wonderful and idiomatic sound from the ENO orchestra and chorus. Don’t be put off by the 1982 video in 4:3 which is superb. All round spellbinding!