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Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor

From 16 April TO 29 April 2022
Wiener Staatsoper - Wien
Program

Donizetti : Lucia di Lammermoor

Cast
  • Conductor
    Evelino Pidò
  • Director
    Laurent Pelly
  • Performers
    Lucia Ashton: Lisette Oropesa
    Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood: Benjamin Bernheim
    Lord Enrico Ashton: George Petean
    Raimondo Bidebent: Roberto Tagliavini
    Lord Arturo Bucklaw: Josh Lovell
  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Wiener Staatsoper - Wien Location Opernring 2 - 1010 Wien Autriche

  • Venue's Capacity: 1709

The Vienna State Opéra is much more than just a local institution; it is a vital part of the city's identity and a national landmark.

As of the 17th century, the Hapsburgs lavishly patronized the opéra. Family members Ferdinand III and Leopold I composed for the théâtre, while Charles VI tried his hand at conducting the orchestra, and the Empress Maria-Theresa often mingled with the corps de ballet.

During the 19th century, the Karntnerthor-Theater was demolished and the présent building was constructed on the famous " Ring ". It was here that Mahler, with the help of the set designer Alfred RoUer, imposed a new style of performance, based on audacious stagings and a very précise interprétation ofthe score, which demanded countless rehearsals.

After the fall of the Hapsburgs, Richard Strauss took over the reins of the newly baptized Vienna State Opéra. Curiously enough, only one of Strauss'operas, THE WOMAH WITHOUT A SHADOW, was premiered in Vienna. Clemens Krauss and Karl Bôhm were to follow in his footsteps. Under Bôhm's direction, the Opera created its own Company, which was to serve as a model for several générations. Even the bombs that destroyed the opéra house in 1945 could not prevent singer s such as Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Irmgard Seefried, Sena Jurinac or Erich Kunz from becoming legendary.

One musn't think that the Viennese applaud only their homegrown stars. In 1955, when Maria Callas came to sing LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR in the reconstructed building with Karajan conducting, the public blocked traffic to pay tribute to the diva... in the street! Karajan succeeàed Karl Bôhm, and invited many international stars to corne sing on the Viennese stage. Works were henceforth sung in their language of origin, and coproductions with La Scala permitted the disco-very of voices such as that of Mirella Freni in LA BOHEME.

Ioan Holender has suceeded in deftly combining these international distributions with an ensemble System. He has scheduled many works never heard on the Viennese stage, which are now included in the Opera's répertoire, such as Verdi's JERUSALEM and Enesco's OEDIPE, furthering a policy instated under Claudio Abbado's brilliant direction. Whatever changes may now occur, the Opera will continue to stage at least 300 performances per season (an absolute world record ren-dered feasible thanks to the în-house technical crew, which hires no less than 250 people), and the public will continue to applaud the finest orchestra any amateur could wish for in the pit : the Vienna Philharmonie !

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Synopsis

Lucia di Lammermoor

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LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR AN ITALIAN TRAGEDY

This opera is a tragedy and consists of three acts. It was written in 1835 by Gaetano Donzietti at the height of his career and it became instantly popular. It was especially popular as it was written at a time when the history and the culture of Scotland was of popular interest within Europe.

Lucia di Lammermoor is set in a castle in Scotland in the late seventeenth century. It is about feud between two families and a love story between members of the feuding families. The opera premiered in 1835 in Naples at Teatro San Carlo. It was later first performed in the United Kingdom in 1838 in London. The opera is still performed widely today and is 21st on the list of the most performed operas in the world.

HISTORY

Act 1

Normanno is searching for intruders. He tells Enrico that he thinks the intruder is Edgardo come to meet Lucia. It is confirmed that the intruder is Edgardo, and this causes Enrico to declare his hatred for the Ravenswood family as well as his determination to end the relationship between Edgardo and Lucia.
Lucia is waiting for Edgardo. She tells her maid, Alisa, that she has seen the ghost of a girl who was killed by a member of the Ravenswood family. Alisa tells Lucia that it is a sign that she should end her relationship with Edgardo. Edgardo enters and declares that he has to leave for France immediately. He also states that he wishes to make peace with Enrico and marry Lucia. Lucia says it is impossible, and they secretly make marriage vows and exchange rings before Edgardo leaves.

Act 2

Preparations are made for Lucia to marry Arturo but Enrico worries that Lucia will not marry him. He fakes a letter supposedly from Edgardo stating that he no longer cares for Lucia. Arturo arrives for the wedding and he signs the marriage contract, followed reluctantly by Lucia. Edgardo appears, curses Lucia and stamps on his ring before being thrown out the castle.

Act 3

Enrico challenges Edgardo to a duel. They arrange to meet later by the graveyard. Raimondo interrupts the marriage celebrations to tell everyone that Lucia has killed her new husband Arturo. Lucia collapes. After hearing that Lucia has killed herself, Edgardo stabs himself with a dagger hoping to be united with her in heaven.

MAIN ROLES

Lucia, coloratura soprano
Lord Enrico Ashton, Lord of Lammermoor and Lucia's brother, baritone
Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood, tenor
Lord Arturo Bucklaw, Lucia's bridegroom, tenor
Raimondo Bidebent, a chaplain, bass
Alisa, Lucia's handmaid, mezzo-soprano

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