Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at LA Opera

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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Albina Shagimuratova as Lucia (with D'Ana Lombard as Alisa, in the shadows) Albina Shagimuratova as Lucia (with D'Ana Lombard as Alisa, in the shadows) (Robert Millard/LA Opera)

Los Angeles Opera's new production of Donizetti's tragic potboiler, which debuted in March to enthusiastic reviews, is heard in this week's broadcast. Based on Sir Walter Scott's novel, the story concerns the emotionally fragile Lucy Ashton, who is caught in a vicious feud between families.

Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova takes on the intense lead role. Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu plays Edgardo, her star-crossed lover and baritone Stephen Powell is Enrico.

Cast:
Lucia               Albina Shagimuratova
Edgardo           Saimir Pirgu
Enrico              Stephen Powell
Raimondo         James Creswell
Normanno         Joshua Guerrero
Alisa                 D'Ana Lombard
Arturo               Vladimir Dmitruk

CONDUCTOR:  James Conlon
CHORUS:   LA Opera Chorus
CHORUS MASTER:  Grant Gershon

Comments [5]

I sang in the chorus of a Virginia Opera Association production of "Lucia" in the mid-70s with Ashley Putnam. Impressive but not overwhelming. DD~~

Aug. 10 2014 05:23 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

LUCIA is for coloratura sopranos what SWAN LAKE is for prima ballerinas. BOTH must be "on their toes." ALBINA SHAGIMURATOVA is an excellent LUCIA, but in my many years of singing opera tenor roles and also as a member of the audience, she in not among the dozen or so that I personally heard in live performances, that were REALLY spectacular. We can all improve. I wish her and Maestro JAMES CONLON all the best with many years ahead.

Aug. 09 2014 03:47 PM
P. Manzon from Somerset, NJ

Wonderful performance of one of my favorite bel canto operas by my favorite composer Gaetano Donizetti. Ms. Shagimuratova is doing an excellent job in the role of Lucia. Very powerful voice and control. Love the glass harmonica in the mad scene....that isn't done in too many performances of Lucia anymore. Well done but still doesn't hold a candle to my dear Dame Joan Sutherland. Well done, LA Opera and BRAVA to Ms. Shagimuratova!

Aug. 09 2014 03:12 PM
Adele (aka AF) from Nassau County, Long Island

My problem is that as I listen to today's performance, in my mind's ear I hear the Callas/Distefano Lucia, recorded in the '50's, either studio or live version, and there is just no comparison!

Aug. 09 2014 02:27 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Some beautiful music in this one Not just about a crazy lady who kills her husband on their wedding night.

Aug. 09 2014 02:13 PM

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