Lucia di Lammermoor

Photos from Lucia di Lammermoor

Lucia di Lammermoor

by Gaetano Donizetti

Friday, March 7th, 2014 at 8pm and Sunday,March 9th, 2014 at 3pm

at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade, 425 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

 Sponsored by Nancy Pillsbury Shirley



  • Lucia: Gina Galati

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Miami Lyric Opera
Wichita Grand Opera
Union Avenue Opera
  • Enrico: Nelson Martinez

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    Miami Lyric Opera
    North Carolina Opera
    Knoxville Opera
  • Edgardo: Cooper Nolan

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    Merola Opera
    Norwegian National Opera House
    Manhattan School of Music
  • Bucklaw: Dustin Peterson


    Wichita Grand Opera
    Opera Colorado
    Lyric Opera Kansas City
  • Raimondo: Timothy J. Bruno

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    Opera Seratoga
    Michigan Opera Theatre
    Toledo Opera
  • Alisa: Claudia Chapa

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    Des Moines Metro Opera
    Austin Lyric Opera
    Indianapolis Opera
  • Normanno: Marc Schapman

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    Union Avenue Opera
    Winter Opera Saint Louis
    Carnegie Hall



  • Stage Director: Dan Rigazzi

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    Metropolitan Opera
    Houston Grand Opera
    Ash Lawn Opera
  • Conductor: Steven Jarvi

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    Washington National Opera
    New York City Opera
    St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Set Design: Scott Loebl
    Opera Theatre of St. Louis
    Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
    The Muny
    Costumes: JC Krajicek
    Opera Theatre of St. Louis
    Mustardseed Theatre
    HotCity Theatre
    Lighting: Sean Savoie
    Portland Opera
    Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
    The Muny


Lucia di Lammermoor and Madness

“Lucia’s madness, this perfect madness, is the softest, the airiest of all breaths, yet also the iciest. A silvery flirtation between Lucia and a mysterious character only she can see, only she can hear. A white amusement in a white paradise. Lucia’s trills, her warbles and whistles emanate from her like a string of beads, exploding in the air like tiny flowers, followed by the plump, hollow notes of a solitary flute.”
-Alberto Savinio, Scatola sonora

Widely considered the most difficult mad scene in opera, the role of Lucia is a test of technique, dramatic ability, and endurance. The scene was originally scored with a glass harmonica, which was later re-written for two flutes. It is fascinating to listen to performances that re-introduce the glass harmonica (invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761); it is easy to see why it was rumored to cause madness. German Musicologist Friedrich Rochlitz wrote that:

“The harmonica excessively stimulates the nerves, plunges the player into a nagging depression and hence into a dark and melancholy mood that is apt method for slow self-annihilation. If you are suffering from any kind of nervous disorder, you should not play it; if you are not yet ill you should not play it; if you are feeling melancholy you should not play it.”

Nothing compares to live opera – don’t miss Winter Opera’s production of Donizetti’s tragic masterpiece. Watch as Lucia is driven mad by her evil brother’s political machinations and cruel treatment. Renounced by her lover, Edgardo, and forced to marry a man she doesn’t love, Lucia is finally broken between the strains of duty and love.


a tragic opera in 3 acts by Gaetano Donizetti.
Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano based upon The Bride of Lammermoor by Sir Walter Scott.

In a feud between the Scottish families of Ravenswood and Lammermoor, Enrico (Lord Henry Ashton of Lammermoor) has gained the upper hand over Edgardo (Edgar of Ravenswood), killing his kinsmen and taking over his estates. By the time of the opera’s action, however, Enrico’s fortunes have begun to wane. In political disfavor, he stakes all on uniting his family with that of Arturo (Lord Arthur Bucklaw) whom he means to force his sister, Lucia (Lucy Ashton), to marry.


In a ruined park near Lammermoor Castle, Enrico’s retainers prepare to search for a mysterious trespasser. Normanno, captain of the guard, remains behind to greet Enrico, who decries Lucia’s refusal to marry Arturo. When the girl’s elderly tutor, Raimondo, suggests that grief over her mother’s death keeps her from thoughts of love, Normanno reveals that Lucia has been discovered keeping trysts with a hunter who saved her from a raging bull. He suspects the stranger is none other than Edgardo. Enrico rages, and as retainers confirm Normanno’s suspicions, he swears vengeance.

At a fountain near her mother’s tomb, Lucia awaits a rendezvous with Edgardo. She tells her confidante, Alisa, the tale of a maiden’s ghost that haunts the fountain and has warned her of a tragic end to her love for Edgardo. On arrival, Edgardo explains he must go to France on a political mission but wishes to reconcile himself with Enrico so he and Lucia may marry. Lucia, knowing her brother will not relent, begs Edgardo to keep their love a secret. Though infuriated at Enrico’s persecution, he agrees. The lovers seal their vows by exchanging rings, then bid each other farewell.



In an anteroom of Lammermoor Castle, Enrico plots with Normanno to force Lucia to marry Arturo. As the captain goes off to greet the bridegroom, Lucia enters only to be shown a forged letter, supposedly from Edgardo, proving him pledged to another. Crushed, she longs for death, but Enrico insists on her marrying at once to save the family fortunes. Now Raimondo urges her to consent to the wedding, invoking the memory of her mother and asking her to respect the family’s desperate situation.

In the great hall of Lammermoor, as guests hail the union of two important families, Arturo pledges to restore the Ashtons’ prestige. Enrico prepares him for Lucia’s melancholy by pleading her grief over her mother’s death. No sooner has the girl entered and been forced to sign the marriage contract than Edgardo bursts in. Returning earlier than expected, he has learned of the wedding and come to claim his bride. Bloodshed is averted only when Raimondo commands the rivals to put up their swords. Seeing Lucia’s signature on the contract, Edgardo tears his ring from her finger, curses her and rushes from the hall. Hardly comprehending his words, Lucia collapses.


Edgardo sits in a chamber at the foot of Wolf’s Crag tower, deep in thought, as a storm rages. Enrico rides there to confront him and the flames of their enmity flare. They agree to meet at dawn among the tombs of the Ravenswoods to fight a duel.

The continuing wedding festivities are halted when Raimondo enters to announce that Lucia, gone mad, has stabbed and killed Arturo in the bridal chamber. Disheveled, unaware of what she has done, she wanders in. Lucia reminisces upon her meetings with Edgardo and imagines herself married to him. When the angry Enrico rushes in he is silenced by the sight of her pitiful condition.

Among the tombs of his ancestors, Edgardo, last of the Ravenswoods, laments Lucia’s supposed betrayal and awaits his duel with Enrico, which he hopes will end his own life. Guests leaving Lammermoor Castle tell Edgardo the dying Lucia has called his name. As he is about to rush to her side, Raimondo arrives to tell of her death, and her bier is carried by. Resolving to join Lucia in heaven, Edgardo stabs himself and dies.

— adapted from Opera News

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