Mary Stuart (Maria Stuarda)

by Gaetano Donizetti.


Melbourne Opera proudly presents a new production of Donizetti's dramatic masterpiece, not seen in Melbourne for more than 40 years.

Led by acclaimed Australian conductor and Donizetti specialist Richard Divall, the superb cast features Rosamund Illing as Queen Elizabeth 1 with Elena Xanthoudakis returning from London to make her debut as the doomed Mary Stuart. Henry Choo, Phillip Calcagno, Eddie Muliaumaseali'i and Caroline Vercoe are supported by the Melbourne Opera Chorus and Orchestra.


The new production was directed by Suzanne Chaundy whose recent production of Der Freischutz was a fantastic success.




Mary Stuart

Elizabeth I

Anna (Mary's


Robert, Earl of Leicester

Lord Cecil Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury


Elena Xanthoudakis

Rosamund Illing

Caroline Vercoe

Henry Choo

Eddie Muliaumaseali'i

Phillip Calcagno

Elisabeth Denk,

Jessica Harris


Alexandra Oke

Andrew Dickinson

Angela Hennel

Anna Peterson

Ariel Chou

Bernie Nolan

Bianca Majchrzak

Cecily Woodberry

David Woodberry

Debra O'Connor

Effie Zafirakis

Elizabeth Denk

Fiona Craig

Geoff King

George Opritescu


Ian Cook

James Ash Jessica Harris

Jodie Debono

Lavinia Ionescu

Maree Macmillan

Mark Henderson

Myfanwy Coghill

Nicholas Webb

Norma Tovey

Paul Dernelly

Piri Jakab

Richard Wilson

Robert Van Keulen

Robin Czuchnowski

Roland Seidl

Steve Marsh

Tim Daly