DONIZETTI, G.: Lucia di Lammermoor (Bergamo Musica Festival, 2006)


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Lucia di Lammermoor
Libretto/Text Author: Cammarano, Salvatore

Lord Arturo: Barca, Matteo
Lord Enrico Ashton: Grassi, Luca
Raimondo Bidebent: Iori, Enrico Giuseppe
Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood: Biasio, Robert de

Set/Stage Designer: Grassi, Italo
Costume Designer: Esposito, Francesco
Lighting Designer: Naldi, Daniele
Stage Director: Zanoletti, Cristina
Television Director: Ricchetti, Matteo

Festival: Bergamo Music Festival
Venue: Teatro Donizetti, Bergamo
Playing Time: 02:23:45
Catalogue Number: 33535
UPC: 8007144335359


Among all Donizetti's operas, Lucia di Lammermoor has always been the favourite for both audiences and singers: and with good reason. First staged on the evening of 26th September 1835, the work was based on Sir Walter Scott's novel The Bride of Lammermoor which was published in June 1819. This novel received a mixed reception from the critics. Blackwood's, a popular journal at the time, declared it to be 'a pure and magnificent tragic romance', whilst other magazines regarded it as far too gloomy. Based on real-life events of 1669, this tale of love, feuds, deception and madness appealed very greatly to Scott's more general readership, as well as to some of the librettists and composers of his time; within fifteen years of the novel's publication at least five operas had been composed, based on the story of Lucia and her unhappy fate. It is no surprise, then, that Salvadore Cammarano relished the prospect of writing the libretto for such an opera himself and that Donizetti took to the idea equally enthusiastically.

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