Multimedia Collection

Roberto Devereux

132 min
M1500 .D66 R63 2001 DVD

Opera. Music by Gaetano Donizetti. Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano; based on Francois Ancelot's tragedy Elisabeth d'Angleterre.

In 1975, In Performance at Wolf Trap presented Beverly Sills in perhaps her most acclaimed portrayal, that of Queen Elizabeth I in the Donizetti rarity Roberto Devereux. When Miss Sills first sang the role at the New York City Opera in 1970, Winthrop Sargeant wrote in the New Yorker, "She was Elizabeth, from the extreme pallor of her makeup to the royal sweep of her train. It was a characterization that I shall never forget. The combination of skills she brought to her role made this a historic moment." Daniel Webster wrote in the Philadelphia Inquirer, "Miss Sills sang the towering role with such authority and portrayed Queen Elizabeth with such fervor that the opera, unstaged [in New York] for more than 125 years, now is one of the theatrical events of the year." All this acclaim and admiration culminated in Miss Sills being featured on the cover of Time Magazine in her Elizabeth I costume and makeup. The headline: "America's Queen of Opera."

Performers: Beverly Sills, John Alexander, Susanne Marsee, Richard Fredricks, John Lankston, David Rae Smith, Filene Center Orchestra, The Wolf Trap Company Chorus, Julius Rudel, conductor.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

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