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Gaetano Donizetti – Lucia di Lammermoor
Cheryl Studer, Plácido Domingo, Juan Pons, …
Ambrosian Opera Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Cond. Ion Marin
Release: Deutsche Grammophon CDA 1993
Recording: London, St.John’s Cathedral Aug.1990
2 Compact Discs | Playing time: 2.18’.06’’
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(FromWikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Lucia di Lammermoor is a dramma tragico, or opera, in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti.
Salvatore Cammarano wrote the Italian libretto after Sir Walter Scott's novel
The Bride of Lammermoor.
One of the leading bel cantooperas, Lucia di Lammermoor is the thirteenth
most performed opera in North America.
Sir Walter Scott's novel is based on a true incident that took place in the Scottish Lowlands in
1669. The story concerns a feud between two families, the Ashtons and the Ravenswoods.
When the opera begins, the Ashtons are in the ascendancy and have taken possession of
Ravenswood Castle, the ancestral home of their rivals. Edgardo (Sir Edgar), Master of
Ravenswood and last surviving member of his family, has been forced to live in a lonely
tower by the sea, known as the Wolf's Crag. The Ashtons, despite their success, are threatened
by changing political and religious forces. Enrico (Lord Henry Ashton) hopes to gain the
protection of the important Arturo (Lord Arthur Bucklaw) to whom he intends to marry his
sister Lucia (Lucy).
The opera premiered on September 26, 1835 at theTeatro San Carlo, Naples.
Donizetti revised the score for a French version which debuted on August 6, 1839 at the Théâtre
de la Renaissance, Paris. The French version was the first to be performed in the United States, on
December 28, 1841 in New Orleans (the original version came to the U.S. several months
later, also in New Orleans).
Its mad scene contains some of the highest vocal notes of any standard opera, two E-flats.
(Mozart's often-performed Singspiel Die Zauberflöte contains a higher note, F, in its
Queen of the Night aria.) However, the E-flats are not a written part of the Donizetti music,
like the whole cadenza with flute, and have been omitted by some performers,
most notably Maria Callas.
mad scene example with Mariella Devia at YouTube
Here’s some more information about Lucia at wikipedia and here is the tracking list.
The italian lyrics are included in the download package.
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