Natalie Dessay returns to her signature role of Lucia in this widely celebrated Mary Zimmerman production of the Donizetti work, with Joseph Calleja as Edgardo.
Gaetano Donizetti reportedly composed Lucia di Lammermoor with the coloratura soprano Fanny Persiani in mind, and the role has since become a calling card for the great coloraturas of the world. Lucia's famous mad scene is considered one of the great opportunities for a coloratura soprano to exhibit her virtuosity.
Donizetti produced opera with astonishing rapidity, drafting 21 complete works between 1822 and 1828. The young Donizetti studied with Rossini's teacher, Padre Stanislao Mattei, but was saddled with a father who did not look favorably upon his son's artistic ambitions. The Italian composer spent his formative years enlisted in the Austrian army, where he continued to write music. The 1822 success of his fourth opera, Zoraïda di Granata, earned Donizetti his release from the army. From that point on, Donizetti devoted himself fully to composing.
Lucia di Lammermoor, based on the novel The Bride of Lammermoor by Sir Walter Scott, was first performed in Naples in 1835 and is considered among Donizetti's breakthrough works as the composer edged away from the influence of Rossini to claim his place among the great Italian composers in the era between Rossini and Verdi. Donizetti would go on to compose such landmark operas as La Fille du Régiment and Don Pasquale, completing 67 operas in total.
Cast and credits:
Conductor: Patrick Summers
Lucia: Natalie Dessay
Edgardo: Joseph Calleja
Enrico: Ludovic Tézier
Raimondo: Kwangchul Youn
Production: Mary Zimmerman