Lucia di Lammermoor

Enrico Ashton wishes to marry his sister to the wealthy Lord Arturo Bucklaw for political reasons. Yet Lucia is passionately in love with her family’s deadly enemy Edgardo Ravenswood. After Enrico forges a letter seemingly proving Edgardo’s unfaithfulness, Lucia’s resistance is finally broken. But on her wedding night she murders her unwanted bridegroom, collapses with her own pain and withdraws into herself. Only in a state of madness can Lucia maintain her ideal of being united with Edgardo. In the most famous mad scene in operatic history she unleashes a staggering power as the coloratura in her death throes reveal a new inner freedom.

In ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848) was concerned above all with “the overwhelming destructive love without which any opera remains cold.” His librettist Salvatore Cammarano deliberately neglected the political and historical context of Walter Scott’s romantic novel ‘The Bride of Lammermoor’ and condensed the plot into a chamber play revolving around the relationships between three people: Edgardo, Lucia and her brother Enrico. Cammerano and Donizetti’s concept was proven to be a success at the world premiere in 1835. In the next five years ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ was performed at every Italian opera house and the other great European opera houses were unable to ignore such enthusiasm.

Conductor
David Crescenzi
Antonino Fogliani
Director
Christof Loy
Designer
Herbert Murauer
Chorusmaster
Christoph Kurig
Assistant Director
Esther Mertel

Lucia
Adela Zaharia
Edgardo
Ovidiu Purcel
Enrico
Bogdan Baciu
Arturo
Peter Aisher
Raimondo
Adrian Sâmpetrean
Alisa
Iryna Vakula
Normanno
Florian Simson
Chorus
Chor der Deutschen Oper am Rhein
Orchestra
Duisburger Philharmoniker

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