Lucia di Lammermoor had its premiere in 1835 at the San Carlo Theatre in Naples. The composer, Gaetano Donizetti, was not only fascinated with the Walter Scotts’ The Bride of Lammermoor, which by then had more than once been adjusted to opera, but also had a personal fascination with the plot: one of his ancestors, Donald Izett (whose name was easily metamorphosed into Donizetti) was a Scott.
Despite the dizzying difficulties for singers (or perhaps because of them) this opera of Donizetti’s is one of the most popular ones in the world. The first Lucia was the beautiful Fanny Tacchinardi Persiani. During the XIX and XX centuries all the legendary opera divas have starred in it – Adelina Patti, Lily Ponce, Joan Sutherland, Maria Callas, Beverly Sills, Renata Scotto, Edita Gruberova etc. The XXI century’s prima donnas keep conquering the main character’s cloud-piercing heights of coloratura. Tenors too aspire to their glory; they too have in stock extremely high notes that the composer reserved for them towards the end of the opera.
Lucia di Lammermoor has everything that can be expected of an opera classic: wonderful melodies that instantly stick in mind; passionate love and as passionate hatred in front of an ancient Scottish castle; a magnificent prima donna and a tenor in love with her.
Golden Mask Award
Production is a Laureate in following categories:
«Best Opera Production»
«Best Actress in Opera» (Hibla Gerzmava)
«Best Costume Designer» (Elena Stepanova)