Saturday at 12 pm, tune in to hear Russian coloratura soprano Albina Shagimuratova as Lucia in Gaetano Donizetti's masterpiece, with tenor Joseph Calleja as her love interest, Edgardo.
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 coloratura sopranos of the world. Lucia's famous mad scene is considered one of the great opportunities for a coloratura to exhibit her virtuosity.
The opera centers on Lucia and Edgardo, who 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. Lucia is mentally crushed and destroyed, driven to madness and murder before she dies of a broken heart.
For its revival of the Met's Mary Zimmerman's production, the cast also includes the baritone Luca Salsi and the bass Alastair Miles. Maurizio Benini conducts.