A spellbinding tale of marriage, madness and murder.
Lucia is trapped in an impossible situation. Her abusive brother hates the man she loves. Worse, he's forcing her to marry someone else in a last-ditch effort to shore up the family's failing finances. Her only way out seems to be murder...
Donizetti's gorgeously moody score masterfully conveys Lucia's isolation and instability as she slips into a terrifying world of madness. Two extraordinary sopranos—who launched their careers at LA Opera—will take on the iconic title role: Amanda Woodbury, who's now a star at the Metropolitan Opera, and Liv Redpath, who'll sing Lucia at the Deutsche Oper Berlin this year. Tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz returns as Lucia's beloved Edgardo, with Alexander Birch Elliott as Enrico and bass Eric Owens as Raimondo.
Lina González-Granados leads the proceedings in her first outing as the company's new Resident Conductor. Director Simon Stone creates a powerful new production that moves the story to a present-day world of desperation and decline.
Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
Please note: This production contains adult subject matter and depictions of violence and drug use.
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"A striking production... the most consistently excellent cast, the excellence being in both the singing and the acting.”
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Pre-Show Lecture - one hour before the performance
Learn more about the opera and its composer with Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano, Chair of Music History at the Colburn Conservatory of Music and a LA Opera Connects affiliated scholar. Pre-show talks are complimentary for all ticket holders and held on the second floor of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. (Note: there is no pre-show talk on September 17.)
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Sung in Italian with English subtitles
The running time is approximately three hours and 15 minutes, including two intermissions.
This production uses lightning and gunshot effects.
A co-production with the Metropolitan Opera
Click here to read a note on Lucia di Lammermoor by Music Director James Conlon.