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Lucia di Lammermoor


Lucia di Lammermoor at Lyric Opera of Chicago

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Lucia di Lammermoor


Lucia di Lammermoor at Lyric Opera of Chicago

NEW-TO-CHICAGO PRODUCTION

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR

by Gaetano Donizetti
OCTOBER 15 – NOVEMBER 6
Performed in Italian with projected English translations
Performance running time: 2 hours 55 minutes including 1 intermission



Lucia di Lammermoor Opera Overview


If you cherish the classic tale of star-crossed love in Romeo and Juliet, then Lucia di Lammermoor will sweep you away with its intense romance. The most famous of all bel canto operas, you’ll be transfixed by the passion of the heroine and her lover Edgardo (you’ll long remember their heavenly love duet) and the vocal fireworks of Lucia’s dazzling mad scene, as she breaks your heart while sending spectacular coloratura and high notes soaring. This beautiful period production features a star cast that is not to be missed.


 
Scenery realized by the Foundation of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Grand Théâtre de Genève.

PRODUCTION SPONSORS

NIB Foundation STEFAN EDLIS AND
GAEL NEESON
SYLVIA NEIL AND
DANIEL FISCHEL
 

Photo: Todd Rosenberg




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Short Synopsis

Lucia and Edgardo are in love. Edgardo, the last of his family, is the enemy of Enrico, Lucia’s brother. While Edgardo is away on a secret diplomatic mission, Enrico – having learned that his sister is in love with Edgardo – uses forged letters to make her believe that Edgardo has been unfaithful. Enrico then forces his sister into a marriage with Lord Arturo Bucklaw that will greatly benefit their family. Before the wedding guests, Lucia has just signed the marriage contract when Edgardo appears and denounces her. Will Lucia resign herself to a loveless fate, or will she take her revenge, even if it drives her to madness?


 
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Audio Highlights

Gaetano Donizetti

Recording by Erato – Damrau, Calleja, Tézier, Testé, cond. Lopez Cobos. Courtesy Warner Classics.

"Chi mi frena in tal momento?"


"Spargi d'amaro pianto”




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Musical excerpts for Lucia di Lammermoor provided by through generous arrangement with Warner Classics, Official Education and Promotion Music Provider for Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Lucia di Lammermoor Synopsis



 
TIME:
Early 18th century
PLACE: Scotland

ACT ONE

Scene 1: The vicinity of Ravenswood Castle

Scene 2: The grounds at Lammermoor Castle

ACT TWO

Scene 1. Enrico’s chambers

Scene 2. The Great Hall of Lammermoor Castle

Intermission

ACT THREE

Scene 1. The castle tower at Ravenswood

Scene 2. The Great Hall of Lammermoor Castle

Scene 3. The Ravenswood cemetery





In a feud between the Scottish families of Ravenswood and Lammermoor, Enrico Ashton of Lammermoor wrongfully holds the estates of Edgardo of Ravenswood. In addition, Enrico’s political activity against the king has placed him in a perilous situation, and he has resolved to reestablish his family’s position by marrying his sister Lucia to Lord Arturo Bucklaw.


ACT ONE

Scene 1.

Normanno orders his henchmen to discover the identity of the man whom Lucia is secretly meeting each day before dawn. Enrico is frustrated because he cannot persuade his sister to accept a marriage that will save him politically, and Normanno tells him his suspicions concerning Lucia’s lover. Enrico’s outburst is interrupted by the return of his men confirming that Lucia’s lover is in fact his enemy Edgardo.

Scene 2.

Lucia awaits Edgardo in the woods by a fountain whose legend of a bloody phantom alternately fascinates and repels her. Edgardo arrives with the news that he must leave for France. He tells Lucia that before departing he wishes to ask Enrico for her hand in marriage. Terrified of her brother’s reaction, Lucia begs him not to. She tries to calm him when he renews his vows of vengeance upon her family. They solemnly pledge their troth by exchanging rings and vows of eternal fidelity, promising to write during their separation.


ACT TWO

Scene 1.

In his fury at his sister’s betrayal, Enrico has concluded marriage preparations for the union of his sister with Arturo. Despite his insistence, Enrico has failed to secure Lucia’s consent to this arranged marriage. Lucia remains obstinate even when presented with a letter, forged in Edgardo’s handwriting, announcing his marriage to another woman. Enrico explodes in rage against his sister. At Raimondo’s fervent pleading, the exhausted Lucia finally gives in.

Scene 2.

The wedding party has assembled and Lucia has scarcely signed the marriage contract when Edgardo bursts into the castle demanding an explanation. Upon seeing the contract with Lucia’s signature, he curses her and her family forever. Enrico finally places his sister’s hand in Arturo’s.


ACT THREE

Scene 1.

In a tower of Edgardo’s gloomy castle, Enrico arrives at night to challenge him to a duel the next morning.

Scene 2.

The wedding celebration is in progress when Raimondo brings the terrible news that Lucia has slain her bridegroom and has gone mad. In her delirium, Lucia wanders into the hall and imagines a wedding ceremony with her beloved Edgardo. Enrico returns and finds his sister insane. He suffers remorse as she loses all reason while begging Edgardo to pray at her tomb.

Scene 3.

Unaware of all that has happened, Edgardo imagines Lucia’s happiness with Arturo and berates her for her infidelity. A party of mourners leaving the castle brings word of Lucia’s misfortune. As Edgardo sets off to see her one last time, Raimondo stops him with the news of Lucia’s death. In his grief, Edgardo stabs himself, hoping to be reunited with Lucia in heaven.


Reprinted by permission of San Francisco Opera.


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