Diana Damrau and Aleksandra Kurzak lead two world-class casts in Katie Mitchell’s new production of Donizetti’s tragic opera Lucia Di Lammermoor.
The Lammermoor fortune is in danger unless Lucia makes a good marriage, but her brother Enrico is horrified to learn she has fallen in love with his sworn enemy Edgardo. Treachery and tragedy follow this doomed love for the rest of Lucia’s and Edgardo’s lives.
Lucia Di Lammermoor is Donizetti’s tragic masterpiece. The opera marked the beginning of his partnership with regular collaborator librettist Salvadore Cammarano – who, as was the fashion of the day, looked to Walter Scott. Cammarano’s adaptation of Scott’s novel The Bride of Lammermoor moved Donizetti greatly, and in the subsequent score he produced not only some of his most beautiful but also his most dramatically potent music.
Director Katie Mitchell (Written On Skin) sets The Royal Opera’s new production in the 1840s and focusses on how an intelligent woman, failed by the men in her life, experiences a horrifying mental breakdown.
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