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  Roberto Devereux at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Roberto Devereux

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Avenue Los Angeles

In Tudor England, Queen Elizabeth I rules (literally). Ignoring advice from the court, she declines to charge her lover with treason, but he’s not making it easy for her. Behind her formidable public persona hides a fragile heart that aches to reconnect with a suitor whose loyalties are uncertain. If ever there was a diva role, this is it—careening from outbursts of rage to heartbroken laments—and glamorous Spanish soprano Davinia Rodríguez has the vocal and dramatic goods to deliver a knockout performance. The magnificent tenor Ramón Vargas returns as the scoundrel at the center of all the trouble.

Thru - Mar 14, 2020

Price: $52-$284

Show Type: Opera

  Roberto Devereux Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Somewhat Recommended

"...This, though, is not much of a theatrical chance-taking production. Set as though a Shakespearean play in the Old Globe - this is the Elizabethan era after all - it begins with a pantomime during the overture in which the Bard himself pops up and does a skit from "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Though there is a hint of modernization and attitude, the production is essentially more a contrived setting dependent on the singers to make it live."
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Mark Swed

Broadway World - Recommended

"...The single set by the late Belgian designer Benoît Dugardyn resembled the Globe Theater of Shakespeare's time with its staircases and many levels. It provided an elegant space for the chorus but its severely raked and somewhat cumbersome main level did little to advance the story line. The curtain, which covered only the center of the stage, seemed to be a brilliant red rug. The audience saw statues of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in glass cases along with other symbols of power and death around the stage. In the opera's last scene we saw the elderly Elizabeth at her dressing table, a reminder of the swift flight of youth."
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Maria Nockin

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