Lucia di Lammermoor

Romantic opera from 1835

Description

Lucia di Lammermoor is a dramma tragico (tragic opera) in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Salvadore Cammarano wrote the Italian language libretto loosely based upon Sir Walter Scott's historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor.

Donizetti wrote Lucia di Lammermoor in 1835, a time when several factors led to the height of his reputation as a composer of opera. Gioachino Rossini had recently retired and Vincenzo Bellini had died shortly before the premiere of Lucia leaving Donizetti as "the sole reigning genius of Italian opera". Not only were conditions ripe for Donizetti's success as a composer, but there was also a European interest in the history and culture of Scotland. The perceived romance of its violent wars and feuds, as well as its folklore and mythology, intrigued 19th century readers and audiences. Sir Walter Scott made use of these stereotypes in his novel The Bride of Lammermoor, which inspired several musical works including Lucia.

The story concerns the emotionally fragile Lucy Ashton (Lucia) who is caught in a feud between her own family and that of the Ravenswoods. The setting is the Lammermuir Hills of Scotland (Lammermoor) in the 17th century.

Year 1835
Opening Night 1835
Time Period Romantic
Instrumentation Opera orchestra, Chorus, Soli

Scores

Fantasie on the Mad Scene from Lammermoor
Universal Edition 1835
Brod, et al.

Videos

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Albums

Lucia of Lammermoor
Chandos
The Era of Adelina Patti
Nimbus
Alessandro Bonci (1870-1940)
Nimbus
Enrico Caruso: Opera Volume 3
Nimbus
Tito Schipa: In Opera and Song
Nimbus
Tenor Arias, Vol. 2
Classic Art
Opera Arias: Rossini/Donizetti
Claves Records
Las Voces del Siglo XX Vol. 3
Pattaya
Pavarotti: Best Loved Operas
Vanilla OMP
E lucevan le stelle
Platinum Deluxe Butterfly
Nessun Dorma - None Shall Sleep
Vanilla OMP
Maria Callas: Amami Alfredo!…
Platinum Deluxe Butterfly
Recitals 1927/52
Urania / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
Ezio Pinza, Bass 1892 - 1957
Club 99
A Life In Opera: Rossini, Donizetti, Ponchielli, Verdi
Urania / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.