Celebrating Semana de la Ópera (Opera Week), the Teatro Real broadcasted Lucia di Lammermoor live.
Daniel Oren, in the musical direction, and David Alden, in the stage direction, will transport us to the cold and humid Scotland together with a cast that includes Lisette Oropesa, Venera Gimadieva, Javier Camarena, Ismael Jordi and Roberto Tagliavini, among others .
A true paradigm of romantic Italian opera, Lucia di Lammermoor, the most accomplished and famous of Gaetano Donizetti's extensive list of lyrical dramas, aroused admiration from the beginning for making singing a vehicle to move, and not a mere succession of fireworks vowels. The work opened the doors of Paris to the Bergamasco, and it was the only one that was lit up that remained in the repertoire before the Donizetti Renaissance that, from the 1950s on, would definitively consecrate the composer.
The plot revolves around a young woman in love who falls into the deepest despair when she is accused by her lover of treason for having married another man against her will. What the lover does not know is that the nuptials were celebrated under a false presumption of infidelity. The pain that floods the young woman overwhelms her to the point of making her go crazy, giving rise to one of the most famous scenes in the history of opera, both for its musical genius and for the level of psychological introspection it reveals. The inescapable tragic denouement initiates a work that, without a hint of doubt, today maintains its capacity to move intact.
Dramma tragico in three acts
Music by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)
Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano, based on the novel The Bride of Lammermoor (1819), by Walter Scott
Premiered at the Teatro San Carlo, Naples, on September 26, 1835
Premiered at the Teatro Real on May 31, 1851
Production of the English National Opera
Principal Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real
Conductor | Daniel Oren
Stage director | David Alden
Stage director collaborator | Ian Rutherford
Set designer | Charles Edwards
Costumes designer | Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Lighting designer | Adam Silverman
Choreographer | Maxime Braham
Chorus master | Andrés Máspero
Lucia | Lisette Oropesa
Edgardo | Javier Camarena
Enrico Ashton | Artur Rucinski
Raimondo Bidebent | Roberto Tagliavini
Lord Arturo Bucklaw | Yijie Shi
Alisa | Marina Pinchuk
Normanno | Alejandro del Cerro