Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor: A Short Guide to a Great Opera

Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor: A Short Guide to a Great Opera

by Michael Steen
     
 
Sir Walter Scott’s story of a Scottish girl forced by her family into an arranged marriage still resonates today, two centuries after it was published. Donizetti’s opera, which premièred in Naples in 1835, is famous particularly for the Mad Scene when Lucia, after leaving for her nuptials, reappears having murdered the man she has just married, the

Overview

Sir Walter Scott’s story of a Scottish girl forced by her family into an arranged marriage still resonates today, two centuries after it was published. Donizetti’s opera, which premièred in Naples in 1835, is famous particularly for the Mad Scene when Lucia, after leaving for her nuptials, reappears having murdered the man she has just married, the unfortunate Arturo. She truly loves Edgardo, sworn enemy of her family, who turned up moments too late to stop the wedding.The story unfolds in diverse and sensational locations – a fountain haunted by a murdered woman, a ruined tower called The Wolf’s Crag, and a graveyard where Edgardo – a part played by both Domingo and Pavarotti – hears of Lucia’s death and stabs himself. Immortalised by such stars as Joan Sutherland, the role of Lucia herself provides an immense challenge for even the best of sopranos. Written by Michael Steen, author of the acclaimed The Lives and Times of the Great Composers, ‘Short Guides to Great Operas’ are concise, entertaining and easy to read books about opera. Each is an opera guide packed with useful information and informed opinion, helping to make you a truly knowledgeable opera-goer, and so maximising your enjoyment of a great musical experience. Other ‘Short Guides to Great Operas’ that you may enjoy include L’Elisir d’Amore, La Bohème and La Traviata.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848314658
Publisher:
Icon Books, Ltd. UK
Publication date:
05/25/2012
Series:
Great Operas
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
30
File size:
853 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Steen, author of the acclaimed The Lives and Times of the Great Composers, provides a compendium of self-standing short guides to 25 of the world’s greatest and most popular operas.

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