Roberto Devereux (DVD) - Sills

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Roberto Devereux (DVD) - Sills

In the summer of 1974, The Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association began videotaping a number of live operatic and concert performances at the Filene Center in Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia, for telecast in an innovative new series entitled In Performance at Wolf Trap. The series met with overwhelming success, and set the stage for the many live performance telecasts which have since followed.

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."

Beverly Sills: Queen Elizabeth
Richard Fredricks: Duke of Nottingham
John Lankston: Lord Cecil
David Rae Smith: Sir Walter Raleigh
John Alexander: Roberto Devereux
Susanne Marsee: Sara
Filene Center Orchestra and Wolf Trap Company Chorus, Julius Rudel, conductor
Live performance, 1975
Approx. 132 minutes

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