Maria, regina d'Inghilterra

Maria, regina d'Inghilterra

Maria, regina d'Inghilterra (Mary Tudor, Queen of England) is an Italian opera in three acts, composed by Giovanni Pacini from a libretto by Leopoldo Tarantini, which was based on the play Marie Tudor by Victor Hugo. It was given its first performance at the Teatro Carolino, in Palermo, on 11 February 1843.


Performance history

The opera was greeted with considerable acclaim at its creation. After a decade or so, it lost its popularity and disappeared from the stage until its revival by Opera Rara at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London as part of the Camden Festival on 23 March 1983.[1]


Role Voice type Premiere Cast
(Conductor: -)
Maria, Queen of England soprano Antonietta Marini-Rainieri
Riccardo Fenimoore tenor Nicola Ivanoff
Clotide Talbot soprano Teresa Merli-Clerici
Ernesto Malcolm baritone Antonio Superchi
Gualtiero Churchill bass Antonio Benciolini


Place: London
Time: 1553.

Mary I of England is infatuated by the adventurer Riccardo Fenimoore, whom she has ennobled as Lord Talbot, but he is unfaithful having seduced the foundling Clotide, who has been raised and is now betrothed to the adoring Ernesto Malcolm, a commoner. Gualtiero Churchill, the Lord Chancellor, wants to protect the Queen by bringing Riccardo down, so he tells the Queen of Talbot's duplicity, and also reveals his knowledge that Clotilde is actually heir to the Talbot name. The Queen condemns Talbot to death but repents and orders Clotilde to see to his release, however Churchill sees to it that the execution is carried out (to the dismay of the Queen).


Year Cast:
(Mary, Riccardo, Clotilde, Ernesto)
Opera House and Orchestra
1996 Nelly Miricioiu,
Bruce Ford,
Mary Plazas,
José Fardilha
David Parry,
Philharmonia Orchestra and the Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Audio CD: Opera Rara


  1. ^ Holden, p.650


  • Commons, Jeremy, "Maria, regina d'Inghilterra", essay in the booklet accompanying the Opera Rara recording.
  • Holden, Amanda (Ed.), The New Penguin Opera Guide, New York: Penguin Putnam, 2001, ISBN 0-140-29312-4

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