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Saturday, March 26, 2016 Permalink

At The Opera, Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor, March 26, 2016


Lucia di Lammermoor in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Salvadore Cammarano wrote the Italian language libretto loosely based upon Sir Walter Scott's historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor.

Donizetti wrote Lucia di Lammermoor in 1835, a time when several factors led to the height of his reputation as a composer of opera. Gioachino Rossini had recently retired and Vincenzo Bellini had died shortly before the premiere of Lucia leaving Donizetti as "the sole reigning genius of Italian opera". Not only were conditions ripe for Donizetti's success as a composer, but there was also a European interest in the history and culture of Scotland. The perceived romance of its violent wars and feuds, as well as its folklore and mythology, intrigued 19th century readers and audiences. Sir Walter Scott made use of these stereotypes in his novel The Bride of Lammermoor, which inspired several musical works including Lucia.

The story concerns the emotionally fragile Lucy Ashton (Lucia) who is caught in a feud between her own family and that of the Ravenswoods. The setting is the Lammermuir Hills of Scotland (Lammermoor) in the 17th century.

Lucia – Beverly Sills

Edgardo – Carlo Bergonzi

Enrico – Piero Cappuccilli

Thomas Schippers – conductor

1970 recording


Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor BUY ; Thomas Schippers, conductor
Verdi: Verdi Requiem selections BUY from Giuseppe Verdi. Toscanini. Requiem. Te Deum. Milanov. Castagna. Bjorling. Moscona. Historic Concert Performances from 1940.; composed by Verdi
Tito Schipa: Manon: Il Sogno BUY from Prima Voce: Tito Schipa
Tito Schipa: Mignon: Addio, Mignon BUY from Prima Voce: Tito Schipa
Tito Schipa: Mignon: Ah! Non Credevi Tu BUY from Prima Voce: Tito Schipa
Tito Schipa: L'Arlesiana: E La Solita Storia BUY from Prima Voce: Tito Schipa
Donizetti: L'Elisir D'Amore: Una Furtiva Lagrima BUY from Prima Voce: Tito Schipa; composed by Donizetti
Dmitri Hvorostovsky: Night: Oh, sweet night BUY from Dmitri Hvorostovsky - Dark Eyes: Russian Folk Songs

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