Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

In Scotland, Lucia and Edgardo are breathlessly, desperately in love. But their two clans are bitter rivals, so Lucia’s villainous brother Enrico sets out to kill his young sister’s romance. And he deploys every devious device he can muster, including lies, forgery, and finally the false revelation of Edgardo’s infidelity.

Little wonder that Lucia is mentally crushed and destroyed, driven to madness and murder before she dies of a broken heart.

Donizetti based Lucia di Lammermoor on a popular novel by Sir Walter Scott, and he added a succession of bravura vocal thrills (including the famous Mad Scene).

Beverly Sills Award-winner Susanna Phillips stars in the title role, Giuseppe Filianoti is Edgardo and Brian Mulligan is Enrico.

Lucia: Susanna Phillips
Edgardo: Giuseppe Filianoti
Enrico: Brian Mulligan
Raimondo: Christian Van Horn
Arturo: René Barbera
Alisa: Emily Birsan
Normanno: Paul Scholten

CONDUCTOR:  Massimo Zanetti
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Catherine Malfitano
CHORUS MASTER:  Michael Black

Comments [7]


What's tomorrow's opera, please?

Jun. 01 2012 01:34 PM
larry eisenberg from new york city

A fine performance, it appeared,
Donizetti, I think, would have cheered,
Mad scene, by all odds,
Was fit for the gods,
Even Zeus himself would have teared.

May. 26 2012 03:51 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau county

Shut up already and start the opera. Talk, Talk. Love these commentators who are so full of their own wonderfulness.

May. 26 2012 01:12 PM
Pauline from NYC

I just called WQXR because the opera is not playing from my computer. I did trouble shoot and I do have sound on other sites. No one is answering at the station. Does anyone have any advice? I press play but there is no sound.

May. 26 2012 01:09 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau county

CBC: Thank you and have a great holiday as well. Yes, we should all remember our honored dead and not just think of the bbq. Mr. Larry, thanks for the poem. Poor crazy Lucy. Some great music in this opera. There is a film starring the incomparable Marlene Dietrich titled "The Flame of New Orleans" and the music from the love duet keeps popping up. Great film. She was something else, wasn't she?

May. 26 2012 09:53 AM
larry eisenberg from new york city

The opera today is a tale
Of thwarted love and without fail,
The bel canto is pure,
Music of great allure,
But the outcome may make list'ners pale.

An unwanted marriage is made
By Lucia, a maid with a blade,
Postnuptially, she,
Stabs to death her hubby,
With the Mad Song her sad serenade.

May. 26 2012 08:54 AM

CBC Have a wonderful Memorial Day. We should ALL remember the sacrifices all the Service members made & make for us to enjoy our freedom.
BTW Lucia is not my cup of tea.

May. 26 2012 05:29 AM

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