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3/14/2013

Introduction to Lucia di Lammermoor

Lucia di Lammermoor

What's it all about?

Lucia di Lammermoor is a bel canto opera by Gaetano Donizetti, inspired by Sir Walter Scott's gothic novel, The Bride of Lammermoor. The tale is a gothic romance between two children of feuding families, but the story is more Macbeth than Romeo and Juliet

The beautiful Lucia Ashton lives a sheltered life with her controlling brother Enrico in a crumbling mansion. The young, naive Lucia is a slip of a girl, held captive in the family home and still mourning the recent passing of her mother. The one bright spot in Lucia's life is her secret relationship with the handsome Edgardo, and their plan to get married. Unfortunately, Lucia's brother has a different future in mind for her, intending to pair her off with a rich nobleman instead.

Enrico's dark obsession with his sister and his distaste of her choice of bridegroom leads him to forge a note about Edgardo, convincing Lucia that her lover is unfaithful. The unsuspecting Lucia agrees to marry the wealthy Arturo for the betterment of the family's finances and reputation. Unfortunately, with Lucia's fragile mental state, this proves to be an unwise decision.

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3/12/2013

Parlando Asks: What was your first live opera?

Recently we were inspired by an interesting article in The Grid TO about taking children to live performances, and it begged the question, what was your first live opera? Read on for some of our answers, and share your own experiences in the comments!

Nikki Tremblay, Assistant Ticket Services Manager - I remember my first operas vividly, it was the night before my interview for this job at the Hummingbird Centre, October 2001; Bluebeard's Castle and Erwartung. These two productions clinched my desire to work here. I loved Bluebeard's Castle and fell in love with Erwartung. Both were so modern and full of tricks and mind games.

Andrea Salin, Associate Ticket Services Manager - My first live opera was a student dress rehearsal of Boris Godunov at the Hummingbird Centre in 2002.

Cameron McPhail, Ensemble Studio Member - I'm slightly ashamed to confess that my first live opera was Don Giovanni, but I was singing the role in Prague; so I guess I had great seats! I hadn't been to an opera before which was probably why I agreed to do it in the first place. In hindsight, I might have sung something different as my first role, or at least gone to see a few first – the downside of business school!

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3/7/2013

The Big COC Podcast - Episode Nine - Definitely not Moribund

For Episode 9, the “Definitely Not Moribund” edition, we welcome back opera blogger and journalist John Gilks, as well as opera journalist Joseph So. Joining us for the first time is arts journalist Paula Citron. Gianmarco Segato, the COC’s Adult Programs Manager, is your host.

A recent article in the Globe and Mail about the phenomenon known as the “Compulsory Canadian Standing O” spurs on a lively chat (at 1:50). We also examine audience reactions to women singing male roles (a.k.a. “pants roles”) in the COC’s recent La clemenza di Tito (at 14:40).

We finish with our monthly list of favourite livestreams; short, comic, contemporary opera clips, and newly-released DVDs (at 29:30).

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001

 

 

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