Donizetti's ravishing, high-wire vocal writing findsbreathtaking release through the artistry of sopranoAnna Christy.
Excerpt from Lucia di Lamermoor, Decca 478 1513. Orchestra andChorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, RichardBonnge, conductor. Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti,Sherrill Milnes, Nicolai Ghiaurov.
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Director David Alden transports us into
the darkly brooding world of Sir Walter
Scott’s iconic Gothic novel. A fragile girl,
barely a woman, is treated as little more
than chattel within a brutal, power-driven
society. She ultimately finds release – but
only after severing all ties with reality,
escaping into the dream world offered by
Donizetti’s cascading romantic melodies.
This brilliant production was created for,
and stars, Anna Christy. “Christy’s Lucia...is subtle, clear, immensely powerful, but never overbearing. Her coloratura voice is so perfectly controlled that we stopped listening for its pyrotechnics, and just concentrated on its drama and artistry.”
On stage at the Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.
Performance time is approximately two hours, 40 minutes including one intermission.
Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™.
Conductor: Stephen Lord
Director: David Alden
Set Designer: Charles Edwards
Costume Designer: Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Lucia: Anna Christy
Edgardo: Stephen Costello
Enrico: Brian Mulligan
Arturo: Nathaniel Peake
Production from Canadian Opera Company
Anna Christy as Lucia in the Canadian Opera Company's production of Lucia di Lammermoor. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2013
A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor. Photo: Chris Hutcheson © 2013