Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Albina Shagimuratova (Lucia) and Rachel Willis-Sørensen (Alsia) Albina Shagimuratova and Rachel Willis-Sørensen in Lucia di Lammermoor (Felix Sanchez)

Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor arrived at Houston Grand Opera last season in a new production by Tony Award–winning Scottish director John Doyle. The volatile religious and political conflicts of two ancient Scottish clans fuel the drama of this bel canto masterpiece, whose title role is sung by Albina Shagimuratova, a highly regarded Russian soprano and a Houston Grand Opera Studio graduate.

Rounding out the cast is tenor Dmitri Pittas as Edgardo, baritone Scott Hendricks as Enrico and bass Oren Gradus as Raimondo. Conductor Antonino Fogliani leads this production.

Comments [4]


It sounded to me as though Pittas was a bit head-voiced & Mermonian (as in Ethel) however, Albina Shagimuratova IMO was great, and Antonino Goliani’s conducting (as well as the audio engineering) was very satisfying, and preferable to the Met’s last broadcast effort. Honestly speaking, my memory does not serve me that well as to other broadcasts, but June Anderson was quite facile and competent in the role some years back (the 90s?), and that (alas) is my only live exposure to the work. Needless to say, there have been relentless “the standard by which all other Lucias will be judged” from the late Dame, but really, this was quite wonderful through the old Sony to my ears anyway.

Nov. 26 2011 04:00 PM
concetta Nardone from Elmont, NY

Very nice Mad Scene. I forgive the shrieking at the end of the love duet. Mad Scene sufficiently crazy but not over the top. Enjoyable. Lovely music. Wonder if there were any Scottish Deerhounds during the first scene. The Met had these beautiful doggies during their recent telecast.

Nov. 26 2011 03:13 PM
concetta nardone from Elmont, NY

Some years ago, the Met Opera telecast Lucia with Joan Sutherland and Alfredo Kraus. The bridgegroom was sung by a tenor that looked like Dom DeLuise and he played it like Dom as a real dumpling. It was a hoot. Hope that the Lucia will not do too much shrieking during the Mad Scene. This is a bel canto opera.

Nov. 26 2011 02:41 PM
concetta nardone from Elmont, NY

What was that god-damn shrieking at the end of the duet. The conductor should have beaten Albina with his baton. We know she can hit the high notes. So can my cat if I should step on his tail.

Nov. 26 2011 01:44 PM

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