Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts will show a live broadcast of Gaetano Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda" at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at the center, 1073 N. Benson Road, followed by a recorded showing at 6 p.m. Discussions will take place before the shows, presented by "The Met: Live in HD" program, at 12:15 and 5:15 p.m.

David McVicar, who directed last season's Met premiere of "Anna Bolena," directs the company premiere of "Maria Stuarda," the second opera in Gaetano Donizetti's trilogy of operas about Tudor history, according to a release.

"Donizetti's three Tudor operas are very different in tone, mood, and musical content," McVicar said in a statement. "With `Maria Stuarda' being a different kind of opera than last season's `Anna Bolena,' which we presented with a great deal of historical accuracy, we've gone for a visual style which is freer. Rather than reflecting history, it reflects the romantic nature of this retelling of the story and the sweeping romantic nature of Donizetti's music."

Joyce DiDonato sings the title role of the defiant Mary, Queen of Scots, the release states. South African soprano Elza van den Heever makes her Met debut as Mary's formidable rival, Queen Elizabeth I. Maurizio Benini conducts a cast that also includes Matthew Polenzani as the Earl of Leicester, Joshua Hopkins as Cecil, and Matthew Rose as Talbot.

"The Met: Live in HD" program is a series of high-definition opera transmissions of The Metropolitan Opera's 2012-2013 season direct from Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.

Tickets, $25, $20 seniors, $10 children and students, may be bought at the Quick Center Box Office by calling 203-254-4010.