Scott’s novel forms the basis for one of Donizetti’s greatest operas. Lucia di Lammermoor (1835), written in the height of Caledonia-mania, follows Lucia’s descent into madness after her brother Enrico prevents her from marrying his nemesis Edgardo. Riven with passages of sublime coloratura beauty – including the famous ‘mad’ aria, Il dolce suono – it is a tragedy that seldom fails to clench the heart. As part of the Royal Opera’s spring season 2016, Katie Mitchell will present a new production.
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Mitchell, a National Theatre Associate
Director, is one of the most distinctive voices in British theatre. Her work, ceaselessly daring and uncompromising,
experiments with multimedia elements and highly-wrought acting, often
transforming the text into something unexpected. Although her productions have
often divided London critics, Mitchell’s reputation in Europe is unrivaled by
her compatriots. Whatever she concocts for Covent Garden, it is bound to
The role of Lucia will be shared by two luminous sopranos. Diana Damrau, a Queen of the Night for the ages, will appear for the first seven dates; she is feted for her personality and mastery of the bel canto. The last four performances will star Aleksandra Kurzak (Rigoletto), whose heavenward peal should be a perfect fit for the fragile heroine. They will be respectively joined by American tenors Charles Castronovo and Stephen Costello in the role of Edgardo, while baritones Ludovic Tézier and Artur Rucinski split the part of Enrico. Daniel Oren (Carmen) conducts.
|What||Lucia di Lammermoor, Royal Opera House|
|Where||Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
07 Apr 16 – 19 May 16, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM