Joyce DiDonato takes on opera’s Scottish queen

In this April 18, 2012, photo provided by the Houston Grand Opera, Robert Gleadow, left, performs in the Houston Grand Opera's production of Maria Stuarda, with Katie Van Kooten, right, in Houston. Van Kooten, an imposing soprano, plays the part of Elizabeth in the show. (AP Photo/Houston Grand Opera)In real life, England’s Queen Elizabeth I won her battle with Mary Queen of Scots by sending her rival to the scaffold. But in “Maria Stuarda,” it’s the victim who gets the last word — and the final curtain call.


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