Piotr Beczala and Nadine Sierra Star in 'Lucia'

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Nadine Sierra and Piotr Beczala star in 'Lucia di Lammermoor' from San Francisco. Nadine Sierra and Piotr Beczala star in 'Lucia di Lammermoor' from San Francisco. (Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)

Tune in Saturday at 1 pm to hear Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor from San Francisco, starring soprano Nadine Sierra in the title role and tenor Piotr Beczala as Edgardo. Nicola Luisotti conducts this new production, directed by Michael Cavanaugh.

Based on Sir Walter Scott's Bride of Lammermoor, the opera tells of a pair of star-crossed lovers, who come from feuding families: Edgardo of Ravenswood and Lucia of Lammermoor. When Lucia is forced by her brother, Enrico, to marry someone else, she begins a decent toward madness that ends in tragedy.

Cast:

Lucia di Lammermoor: Nadine Sierra
Edgardo: Piotr Beczala
Enrico: Brian Mulligan
Raimondo: Nicolas Testé
Alisa: Zanda Švēde
Normanno: AJ Glueckert
Arturo: Chong Wang

San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Nicola Luisotti, conductor

Comments [5]

I must say Sierra was excellent, I recorded the whole thing & I'm glad I did. I imagine a similar exquisite Lucia would emerge from Daniela Dessi had the sublime and recently departed soprano sung the role. Beczala was very compelling too, that's a golden Edgardo. Summer is the perfect time to listen to Lucia di Lammermoor, that's when Donizetti composed it. Extremely gorgeous music.

Aug. 28 2016 01:50 PM
Morris Edelson from Texas

Not that anyone else here in Texas would notice, but Lucia does not "decent: into madness. Your patrons might want all the i's crossed and be on your case. Love the station myself, even if it didn't win any spelling A's.

Aug. 27 2016 03:30 PM
CastaDiva from New York, NY

Strong cast, exceptional singing by Sierra, esp. in the Mad Scene, but a woefully miscast tenor--his voice is wrong for the high tessitura, so that he sounds unpleasantly adenoidal.

Nice, brisk conducting by Luisotti, and the chorus is excellent.

Can one ever tire of this ravishing music?

Aug. 27 2016 03:23 PM
Ted Cerame from Perris, CA

Noticed over the past few years that at all the high end Opera Houses
across the Country more and more frequently the star roles have been performed by unfamiliar singers, at least to me. At first I assumed that by replacing the famous big stars the opera companies could save a large amount of money, and I felt slighted. However, listening to these unknowns it occurred to me that even if the opera houses save money it also gives young and very talented singers a chance to make a name and a career for themselves.
In all the arts the unknowns have a difficult time getting a break and a chance to present their talent to the community.
Listening to Piotr Beczala and Nadine Sierra sing today from San Francisco there is no longer any question in my mind about the motives for bringing aboard all these young singers, for the both of them proved to be great young talent.
Thank you Mr. Beczola for the wonderful work you did in this performance.
Thank you Miss Sierra for your wonderful work teaming up with Mr. Beczala in today’s Saturday at the Opera. I was greatly moved by both of you and the whole San Francisco’s terrific job.

Aug. 27 2016 03:06 PM

looking forward to this one, opera with a capital O. I have no clue what Sierra sounds like so that'll add to the thrill. Beczala is a phenomenal Edgardo, saw him live in the role.

Aug. 27 2016 12:43 PM

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