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Pressured to marry the wrong man, a young woman suffers an emotional breakdown, culminating in the most astonishing mad scene in all of opera.
Witness the arresting vocal and dramatic power of Nadine Sierra and Piotr Beczala in a striking new production by Director Michael Cavanagh and Set Designer Erhard Rom (Susannah, 2014). Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts the gorgeous, melodic score.
Music by Gaetano Donizetti | Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
Pressured by her family to marry the wrong man, an anguished young woman suffers an emotional breakdown on her wedding night.
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An evening of vocal splendor!
San Jose Mercury News
Soprano Nadine Sierra delivered a mad scene that simply brought down the house.
Piotr Beczala gave a riveting performance, full of vocal heft and romantic ardor. His singing was rich and full of color, with a superb combination of weight and agility.
San Francisco Chronicle
Baritone Brian Mulligan was vigorous and vocally commanding...especially in his vengeful Act 1 cabaletta, 'La pietade in suo favor.'
San Francisco Examiner
Conductor Nicola Luisotti energetically drew richly detailed and colorful playing from the Orchestra.
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Previous performances of Lucia di Lammermoor can be found in our Archive.
Like so many tragic horror stories, Lucia di Lammermoor is a cautionary tale, in this case a warning of the destructive power of blind ambition.
"Our theaters go bad to worse… The operas flop, the public hisses, our audience is scarce…. Now at the San Carlo, we will have Persiani’s old opera Danao, then my Lucia di Lammermoor which is now finished….
Allied to words in the medium of opera, music can take us to areas of experience that elsewhere might be uncontainable. Music inhabits a terrain beyond reason, and so is capable of depicting madness...
Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn are proud to support this production. Major funding is also provided by Keith and Priscilla Geeslin. Additional major support is provided by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem through the Great Interpreters of Italian Opera Fund, and the Conductors Fund for Maestro Luisotti’s appearance. Mr. Beczala’s appearance is made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund from Joan and David Traitel.