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La donna del lago to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 15 June

Essential guides, backstage information and production photos from Rossini's adaptation of Sir Walter Scott’s poem.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

13 June 2013 at 4.32pm | Comment on this article

The Royal Opera’s La donna del lago will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 6pm on Saturday 15 June.

Based on Sir Walter’s Scott’s poem The Lady of the Lake, Rossini’s La donna del lago is a passionate love story set in the turbulence of the Scottish Highlands in the 16th century.

The opera, which had its premiere in 1819, is considered to be one of Rossini’s most lyrical works. John Fulljames’s production, which starred star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and renowned tenor Juan Diego Florez, was said by critics to ‘contain some of the most spectacular singing to be heard at Covent Garden’.

Update: Listen now via BBC iPlayer:

A story of nationhood

The story follows Highland beauty Elena, who, amid the turmoil of Scottish independence, is caught between her love for warrior Malcolm and her duty to marry Highland chief Rodrigo.

John Fulljames’s production, set in both 16th and 19th-century Scotland, explores themes of national identity and myth-making. Read more about John Fulljames’s interpretation of Sir Walter Scott.

The staging of La donna del lago coincided with a season of programmes about Sir Walter Scott on BBC Radio 4, including a documentary entitled 'The Man who made Scotland' presented by James Naughtie, currently available on BBC iPlayer.

Watch John Fulljames and members of the cast introduce the characters of the opera:

Musical highlights

Of the many musical highlights, one is Elena's opening aria ‘O mattutini albori!’, among Rossini’s most beautiful melodies. Find out more about the piece as a whole in our Opera Essentials article.

Review the show

Read audience reactions to the opening night and the live cinema relay, and add your own review.

The production is sponsored by the Peter Moores Foundation and the Friends of Covent Garden with generous philanthropic support from Celia Blakey, Hélène and Jean Peters, Judith Portrait and Susan and John Singer. The Production Director is generously supported by Hamish and Sophie Forsyth.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

13 June 2013 at 4.32pm

This article has been categorised Music, Opera and tagged BBC Radio 3, broadcast, Gioachino Rossini, radio, rossini

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