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Lucia di Lammermoor

Behind the Podcast #58: Lucia di Lammermoor

A darkly romantic tale of family honor, betrayal and madness returns to Los Angeles for the first time in a decade. As Lucia, Russian coloratura soprano Albina Shagimuratova is “a phenomenon that must be heard to be believed” (Opera News). Returning as Lucia’s secret lover is tenor Saimir Pirgu, whose "youthful stage presence and eager phrasing...mark him out as a tenor to watch” (Opera News).

Forced by her family to marry against her will, Lucia descends into madness. Her chilling, blood-spattered reappearance at the wedding reception has become one of the most iconic scenes in all opera. A tour-de-force of Italian Romantic opera at its most powerful and dramatic, Lucia di Lammermoor is the gleaming jewel in opera’s bel canto crown.

LA Opera: March 12, 2014

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In this edition of the podcast, host Brian Lauritzen is joined by soprano Albina Shagimuratova and tenor Saimir Pirgu who are singing the roles of Lucia and Edgardo (March 15 through April 6 at LA Opera). They discuss developing chemistry onstage, the challenges of portraying the psychological turmoil of the opera and their unlikely journey to become opera singers.