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Hot Date: Royal Affair

A Dallas Opera Company production of Maria Stuarda (photo by Karen Almond)

MAY 1 TO 30 Delve into the dark intrigue of the Tudor court in Gaetano Donizetti’s thrilling Maria Stuarda, presented by the Canadian Opera Company. Seething with jealousy and thoughts of vengeance upon discovering that her beloved Earl of Leicester is in love with her cousin Mary Stuart, the Queen of Scotland, an enraged Queen Elizabeth issues a death warrant for her rival. Director Stephen Lawless and sopranos Serena Farnocchia and Alexandrina Pendatchanska bring Donizetti’s sumptuous melodies and rousing ensembles to life with dazzling acoustics in this bitter battle. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, $62 to $292; call 416-363-8231 or click here to order and for showtimes.

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