Composed at the time of his wife's death, this is Donizetti's 57th opera. London, early 17th century. The Earl of Essex, Robert Devereux, although loved by Queen Elizabeth is in love with Sara, Countess of Nottingham. Essex is accused of treason and sentenced to death by the Queen, whose reprieve comes too late to save him. Sung in Italian with English surtitlesPerformers Leonardo Capalbo (Roberto Devereux, Majella Cullagh (Elisabetta), Yvonne Howard (Sara Duchessa di Nottingham), Mark Stone (Duca di Nottingham), Graeme Broadbent (Sir Gualtiero Raleigh).
Music Donizetti. Lyrics Cammarano. Corporate Sponsor Opera Holland Park Friends Ambassadors. Producer Opera Holland Park. Conductor Richard Bonynge (not Jun 10). Conductor Richard Burgess Ellis (Jun 10). Director Lindsay Posner. Design Peter McKintosh. Choreographer Adam Cooper.