New-to-Chicago Production Lucia di Lammermoor

By Gaetano Donizetti

  • Language - Performed in Italian with projected English translations
  • Running Time - 2 hours 55 minutes including 1 intermission

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.

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This production of Lucia di Lammermoor was presented at Lyric October 15 – November 6, 2016. View our calendar to see what's currently on stage.

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Lucia di Lammermoor

by Gaetano Donizetti

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

"Chi mi frena in tal momento?"
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"Spargi d'amaro pianto”
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Lucia di Lammermoor

by Gaetano Donizetti

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Nicholas Ivor Martin
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Lucia di Lammermoor 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?

TIME: Early 18th century
PLACE: Scotland
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.

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Meet The Artists

Albina Shagimuratova


Piotr Beczała


Quinn Kelsey


Adrian Sâmpetrean


Enrique Mazzola


Graham Vick


Paul Brown


Michael Black

Chorus Master

Production Sponsors

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

Photo: Todd Rosenberg