Roberto Devereux

Melbourne Opera rounds out the year with its third instalment of Donizetti’s Tudor trilogy, Roberto Devereux. Australian soprano Rosamund Illing wears the crown as one of the greatest roles ever written for an experienced diva, Queen Elizabeth I. Though the title may suggest otherwise, make no mistake – Roberto Devereux is very much a vehicle for a star soprano who has the notes. Famous predecessors are a veritable who’s who of bel canto divas – Joan Sutherland, Leyla Gencer, Monserrat Caballe, and Beverly Sills are just a few sopranos associated with the role. It’s Rosamund Illing’s second assumption of the role, albeit in another part of the trilogy – she first appeared in Maria Stuarda as Elizabeth for MO in 2015. Greg Hocking describes her as “one of Australia’s greatest ever singers”, hailing her performance in Stuarda as “unforgettable”. Suzanne Chaundy returns to direct this quintessential bel canto drama about thwarted love and political machinations.

Athenaeum Theatre

November 11, 14, 16 &18

Book on 9650 1500 or

Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash  University

November 25

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