Lyric Opera of Chicago: Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor

May 19, 2012

Airs Saturday, May 19 at 12:00 p.m.  “Both heaven and earth have abandoned me.”  Lucia    In Scotland, Lucia and Edgardo are breathlessly, desperately in love. But their two clans are bitter rivals, so Lucia’s villainous brother Enrico sets out to kill his young sister’s romance. And he deploys every devious device he can muster, including lies, forgery, and finally the false revelation of Edgardo’s infidelity. Little wonder that Lucia is mentally crushed and destroyed, driven to madness and murder before she dies of a broken heart.

Donizetti based Lucia di Lammermoor on a popular novel by Sir Walter Scott, and every minute crackles with drama. This, plus the composer’s succession of bravura vocal thrills (including the famous Mad Scene!), make for an experience you’ll remember forever.

This performance of the Lucia di Lammermoor features Susanna Phillips as Lucia with Giuseppe Filianoti as Edgardo and Brian Mulligan as Enrico. Catherine Malfitano makes her Lyric directorial debut leading this sensational cast.

Since its early days, Lyric Opera of Chicago has been regarded as one of the top three US opera companies, along with the Met and San Francisco. Chicago boasts an opera company that’s second to none, with a box office exceeding 100 percent of capacity each year for the last decade.