Roberto Devereux

Gaetano Donizetti

Roberto Devereux

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Soprano Angela Meade and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton triumphed when they appeared together in Norma in 2017, and now the pair returns in the enthralling final installment of Donizetti’s Tudor Trilogy. Tenor Stephen Costello takes on the title role, a man caught between his duty to Queen Elizabeth I, sung by Meade, and his clandestine love for the noble Sara, sung by Barton. Baritone Davide Luciano is Sara’s husband, the duke of Nottingham. Maurizio Benini conducts Sir David McVicar’s stunning production.

Co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

Production a gift of The Sybil B. Harrington Endowment Fund

Revival a gift of the NPD Group, Inc.


Languages sung in Roberto Devereux

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Title languages displayed for Roberto Devereux

Met Titles In

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian


Timeline for the show, Roberto Devereux

Estimated Run Time

2 hrs 49 mins

  • House Opens

  • Acts I & II

    92 mins

  • Intermission

    32 mins

  • Act III

    45 mins

  • Opera Ends

Le Nozze di Figaro

World Premiere: Teatro San Carlo, Napoli, 1837
Roberto Devereux shows Donizetti at the height of his musical and dramatic powers. The opera’s story was inspired by a familiar, even notorious, historical incident, but, as in many stage works of the time, history is used merely as a springboard from which the operatic imagination can soar. The tragic confrontation between Queen Elizabeth I of England and her sometime favorite Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, ended with Devereux’s execution for treason. The dramatic premise of an older woman in power and a younger man at her mercy provided Donizetti with the opportunity to write some of his most theatrical music.


Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848) composed nearly 70 operas plus orchestral and chamber music in a career abbreviated by mental illness and premature death. The Neapolitan librettist Salvadore Cammarano (1801–1852) worked with Donizetti on a number of operas, including Lucia di Lammermoor, and with Verdi on Luisa Miller and Il Trovatore.


Sir David McVicar


Sir David McVicar


Moritz Junge


Paule Constable


Leah Hausman

Headshot of Gaetano Donizetti


Gaetano Donizetti


Le Nozze di Figaro

The opera is set in London, originally at Westminster Palace and the Tower. Historical facts place the action between 1599 and 1601 (the year of Devereux’s death).


Donizetti’s gift for melody and understanding of the human voice are on full display in Roberto Devereux, but the score goes beyond that, revealing the dramatic possibilities inherent in the best of the bel canto tradition. The opera’s gripping finale belongs entirely to Elizabeth, in a variation of the classic mad scene as an internal journey and spiritual crisis (the historical Queen Elizabeth, of course, never went mad in the conventional sense). Even the final cabaletta, normally characterized by untethered vocal display, is marked “maestoso” (“majestic”), remaining true to the character and the dramatic situation

Le Nozze di Figaro