Lucia di Lammermoor: the Magic of the Belcanto with the English National Opera
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Romantic virtuoso performances for the masterpiece by Gaetano Donizetti, in an unforgettable event with the English National Opera. The winner of the Olivier Award, David Alden, puts together an intense and powerful production, enriched by the conductor’s wand of Stuart Stratford, musical director of the Scottish Opera, and the voice of soprano Sarah Tynan, debuting in the role of Lucia after her great success in the revival of The Barber of Seville. Based on the novel by Walter Scott The Bride of Lammermoor, the opera is absolutely the most stunning drama ever written by Donizetti. Family rivalries, conflicting loves and insane obsessions grow under the shadow of the power struggle of the Scottish aristocracy of the 1500s - finally erupting in madness that will change the destiny of the protagonists forever. Along with the greatness of the melodies and the exceptional vocal ability required by performers, there is also the psychological introspection and the 1800s’ taste for darkness in all its forms, from ghosts to the abysses of the human soul itself. Will the young Lucia be able to rebel against the despotism of her brother Enrico and marry Edgardo? What price is there to pay for silencing such a remarkable passion? The answer is at the London Coliseum, with celebrated scenes and vibrant examples of Italy’s Belcanto, like the stunning Tu che a Dio Spiegasti l’Ali, considered to be one of the most beautiful tenor pieces of all time.
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