Greenbrier Valley Theatre's presentation of The Met: Live in HD continues Jan. 19 with the premiere of Gaetano Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda." Live transmission begins at 12:55 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon, with guest speaker James Caplinger taking the stage at 12:30 p.m.
Tickets are $18. Lunch, provided by Stella's, is available for an additional $10 and must be pre-ordered. For tickets and lunch reservations, call 304-645-3838.
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, hailed as "luminous" by the Associated Press, takes on the virtuosic bel canto role of the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots, in the first-ever Met production of Donizetti's intensely dramatic historical opera "Maria Stuarda." As Mary's rival, the formidable Queen Elizabeth I, South African soprano Elza van den Heever makes her Met debut. Matthew Polenzani sings Leicester, the nobleman caught between the two dueling monarchs. Mauricio Benini conducts the cast, which also includes Matthew Rose as Talbot, Mary's jailer, and Joshua Hopkins as Elizabeth's advisor Cecil.
The production is by David McVicar, who also staged last season's production of Donizetti's Tudor drama "Anna Bolena." Soprano Deborah Voigt hosts the transmission and conducts backstage interviews with the stars. The program runs approximately 166 minutes, including one intermission.