Lucia di Lammermoor
Lucia di Lammermoor: A Wedding to Die For
The Santa Fe Opera presents Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor for their 61st summer season. Based on a novel by Sir Walter Scott, Lucia di Lammermoor is the story of a desperate woman who is caught between her duty to her family and her love for the man who is her family’s enemy. She is conspired against, betrayed, bullied, and blackmailed, and finally takes refuge in her own madness, set to one of Donizetti’s most powerful and provocative arias.
Gaetano Donizetti composed like a man possessed, creating more than three dozen operas celebrated for their melodic richness and vocal splendor. His tragic romance Lucia di Lammermoor is not just the best-known of these, but perhaps the most iconic of all bel canto operas. It is a gripping tale of thwarted love and a sensitive portrait of a woman at the breaking point—a heroine whose famous mad scene sets the standard for high accomplishment in coloratura singing.
“This is an opera about the imagination–about reality becoming so intolerable that the mind retreats into itself – into madness, or into suicide and death,” said Director Ron Daniels. “The world is a dreamscape! Perspectives are lost. Realities shift and transform. Vanishing points vanish. And it all happens in the mind.” The conductor is Corrado Rovaris.
A new Santa Fe Opera production. Last performed in 2001.
First performed at Naples’ Teatro San Carlo on September 26, 1835.
Sung in Italian with Opera Titles in English and Spanish.
2017 Performance Dates:
8:30 pm: July 1, 7, 12, 21.
8:00 pm: July 31; Aug. 5, 8, 12, 16, 24.