Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at The Kennedy Center
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The last date listed for Lucia di Lammermoor was Friday November 18, 2011 / 7:30pm.
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Featured review from Richard MelintzRed Velvet
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The voices were Great. But the production -- was -- just stupid.
I do not believe there is any reason to believe that Lucia was a 12 year old -- or a 6 year old. But she is dressed in a "little girl" dress -- and there is far too much (unexplained) attention paid to dolls and teddy bears and toy trains. The lighting is just ridiculous. And why, oh, why is everyone always on the floor? It was the most hortizonal opera I have ever seen.
I saw it on the 14th with Lyubov Perova and Alexey Dolgov --- both super. Go and enjoy --- but you might consider bringing blinders!
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Singing was fine, but the production is much too gimmicky. What's with the teddy bear?
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The opera was grand. But for the second time, the Kennedy Center ushers struck out. As the first act began, the ushers permitted someone who can only be described as a buffoon to enter the theater at the back of the orchestra. They continued to...continued
Gaetano Donizetti’s _Lucia di Lammermoor _
Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano
Production from English National Opera
Based on the novel The Bride of Lammermoor by Sir Walter Scott
In Donizetti’s dark drama, young Lucia is caught in the middle of a feud between her family and the man she loves. Forced by her brother to forsake her love and marry for money, she loses more than her happiness — she loses her mind. After she kills her bridegroom, Lucia plunges headlong into madness to Donizetti’s magnificent score in one of opera’s most famous, horrifying, and musically gorgeous scenes.
Acclaimed director David Alden’s dark and compelling production “turns Donizetti’s most popular work into an examination of Victorian psychopathology, and the results are often extreme” (The Guardian_). Featuring two dazzling casts and conducted by WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin, you won’t want to miss this operatic thriller that seems like “a novel that Emily Brontë or the young Charles Dickens should have written” (_The Daily Telegraph).