Opera 2020: Maria Stuarda
The Queen has received a marriage proposal from Dauphin Francois, but she is reluctant to lose her freedom and pardon her cousin Maria Stuarda. Leicester arrives and she tells him that she will marry the Dauphin, attempting to rile up his jealousy. He has no prominent reaction and she concludes that she has a rival for his affections. Leicester gets a letter from Maria through Talbot and is subsequently questioned by the Queen. He hands over the letter in which Maria asks for an audience with the queen. He confesses his love for Maria to Elisabetta, setting her off in search of vengeance.