Opening on Saturday night, July 1, 2017 at 8:30 pm as part of our 61st season Opening Weekend, Lucia di Lammermoor is based on a novel by Sir Walter Scott. Donizetti’s quintessential bel canto masterpiece tells the story of a desperate woman who is caught between her duty to her family and her love for the man who is her family’s enemy. She is conspired against, betrayed, bullied, and blackmailed, and finally takes refuge in her own madness, highlighted by the “Mad Scene” — one of Donizetti’s most powerful and provocative arias.
“This is an opera about the imagination – about reality becoming so intolerable that the mind retreats into itself – into madness, or into suicide and death,” says Director Ron Daniels. “The world is a dreamscape! Perspectives are lost. Realities shift and transform. Vanishing points vanish. And it all happens in the mind.”
This summer's stellar cast includes Brenda Rae in the title role of Lucia; Mario Chang as Edgardo; Zachary Nelson as Enrico Ashton; and Christian Van Horn as Raimondo Bidebent. Conducted by Corrado Rovaris, the production is directed by Ron Daniels, with scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by Emily Rebholz, ligthing design by Christopher Akerlind, projection design by Peter Nigrini, and choreography by Zack Winokur. Our Santa Fe Apprentices will be under the direction of Chorus Master Susanne Sheston.
First performed at Naples’ Teatro San Carlo on September 26, 1835, Lucia was last onstage in Santa Fe in 2001. This is a new Santa Fe Opera production, and it is sung in Italian with opera titles in English and Spanish. The run time is 2 hours and 42 minutes, with one intermission between Acts 1 and 2. August performances beging at 8:00 p.m.
Production underwriting support generously provided by the Wyncote Foundation and Robert & Ellen Vladem.