The Met: Live in HD supported financially by the Foundation of the Arts and Music in Asia, a Hong Kong-registered charity.
14 March 2021 (SUN) 4:00pm, Emperor Cinemas (Entertainment Building, Central)
2021年 3月14日 （星期日） 下午4時正，英皇戲院（中環娛樂行）
24 April 2021 (SAT) 3:50 pm, Premiere Elements
2021年 4月24日 （星期六） 下午3時50分, Premiere Elements
25 April 2021 (SUN) 3:00pm, K11 Art House
2021年 4月25日 （星期日） 下午3時正，K11 Art House
Expected running Time: 3Hrs 2Mins
Sung in Italian with Chinese and English Subtitles
QUEEN ELIZABETH (ELISABETTA)
ROBERT (ROBERTO) DEVEREUX, EARL OF ESSEX
SARAH (SARA), DUCHESS OF NOTTINGHAM
DUKE OF NOTTINGHAM
SIR WALTER (GUALTIERO) RALEIGH
CONDUCTOR Maurizio Benini
PRODUCTION Sir David McVicar
SET DESIGNER Sir David McVicar
COSTUME DESIGNER Moritz Junge
LIGHTING DESIGNER Paule Constable
CHOREOGRAPHER Leah Hausman
The production of Roberto Devereux
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England, 1599. Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex and favorite of Queen Elizabeth I, is sent to Ireland to defeat the rebellious Irish chieftains. After an unsuccessful campaign he returns to England, where his actions are deemed a desertion of duty. The opera is inspired by the events of the following two years, which are condensed into a few days.
London, 1601. At the Palace of Westminster, Sara, Duchess of Nottingham, is distressed about her love for Robert Devereux. Queen Elizabeth tells her that she has decided to follow Sara’s husband Nottingham’s advice and receive Robert, who has returned from Ireland accused of treason. Elizabeth is prepared to pardon him as long as he still loves her. Lord Cecil demands that the queen sign Robert’s death warrant, but she is not convinced of his disloyalty. Elizabeth reveals to Robert that she is ready to pardon him, but his cool reaction to her talk of their past love increases her suspicions. When Robert denies that he is in love with anyone else, Elizabeth becomes convinced he has betrayed her and resolves that he must die. The Duke of Nottingham arrives to greet Robert, who shrinks from his embrace. Nottingham is worried about his friend’s safety but also concerned about his wife, whom he found crying over a blue scarf she was working on. Summoned to the council meeting that will decide Robert’s fate, Nottingham assures Robert he will do what he can to defend him.
In Nottingham’s apartments, Sara thinks of the danger Robert is in. He suddenly appears and reproaches her for marrying Nottingham while he was away in Ireland, but she says she did so on Elizabeth’s orders. She also reminds Robert that he is wearing the queen’s ring. He tears it off and assures her of his love. Sara implores him to flee and gives him the blue scarf as a pledge of her affections.
The court awaits news of Robert’s fate. Cecil announces that the council has decided on the death sentence, and Sir Walter Raleigh reports that Robert has been arrested. When searched, Raleigh says, Robert was found to have concealed a blue scarf, which Elizabeth now angrily examines. When Robert is led in, she turns on him and shows him the scarf. Both Robert and Nottingham are shocked, Nottingham’s astonishment quickly turning into jealousy. Elizabeth once again demands to know the name of her rival, but Robert won’t reveal it. She signs the death warrant.
Sara receives a letter from Robert in which he asks her to take the ring to Elizabeth and hope for her mercy. Before she can do so, Nottingham appears. He reads the letter and orders Sara confined.
In his cell in the Tower, Robert hopes that he will be able to clear Sara’s name before his death. When Raleigh appears to take him to his execution, he realizes that all that’s left to him is to pray for her.
At Westminster, the queen wonders why Sara is not there to comfort her. In spite of everything, she wants Robert to live and hopes that he will send her the ring, but instead Cecil appears to tell her that Robert is on the way to the block. When Sara runs in with the ring and confesses that she is Elizabeth’s rival, the queen orders the execution stopped, but it is too late: a cannon shot announces Robert’s death. Elizabeth turns on Nottingham and Sara for not bringing her the ring sooner. Nottingham replies that all he wanted was revenge. Elizabeth orders them both taken away. Haunted by a vision of the beheaded Robert, she now only longs to be free of her role as queen.