Théâtre des Champs Élysées

Lucia di Lammermoor

Gaetano Donizetti

Diana Damrau sets the audience alight in this exceptional concert version following in the wake of performances at the Turin Opera

Opera in three acts (1835)
Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano, after La Fiancée de Lammermoor by Walter Scott

Gianandrea Noseda  direction

Diana Damrau  Lucia
Piero Pretti Edgardo
Gabriele Viviani  Enrico
Nicolas Testé  Raimondo
Francesco Marsiglia  Arturo
Daniela Valdenassi  Alisa
Luca Casalin Normanno

Orchestre du Teatro Regio Torino
Chœur du Teatro Regio Torino  

Edgar and Lucia could have been dubbed Romeo and Juliet, as they dare to fall in love while their families are at war with each other. Their love is born and dies in the mists of Scotland as the libretto is adapted from a novel by Sir Walter Scott. Lucia, who is transformed from a woman in the throes of passionate love to a betrayed victim and wounded swan, is then deprived of her sole reason for living and overwhelmed by a murderous madness – a key moment in the tragedy dreaded by coloratura sopranos and feverishly anticipated by audiences. Lucia’s madness is a high-octane scene where her initially soft and supple voice seems to rise sky-high in dazzling vocal exercises which express each of the heroine’s hallucinations. This scene is the acme of this supremely delicate masterpiece with a blood wedding poured out in a stratospheric bel canto style. This is Donizetti’s finest opera and the archetypal romantic tragedy in which symbolism and the supernatural are present and love and death blend into one through virtuoso vocal performances.


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