3 November 2017 at 2.39pm | 2 Comments
'This role is very long and very taxing', says Cuban-American soprano Lisette Oropesa in this clip, originally released as part of #OperaPassion Day. 'In [the operatic sub-genre of] bel canto; everyone gets a feature moment but this opera has an extended scene at the end for the soprano when she sings and must show everything'.
The moment that Oropesa references is the opera's famous 'mad scene', in which the driven insane Lucia imagines being with the love of her life, Edgardo. It is a scene that makes or breaks opera singers, and was a signature showpiece of 20th century soprano Joan Sutherland. As well as some serious vocal technique, it also requires extremely honed acting skills, which Orpoesa has received rave reviews for from critics and audiences alike.
'[In this particular production] I'm seeing ghosts coming into the room, I'm feeling spasms of pain', says Oropesa. 'I could sing this beautifully but [director Katie Mitchell] wants acute attacks of pain. So I said to her, "How can we find the middle ground?". We're playing with dynamics – you push and pull so much'.
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Lucia di Lammermoor runs until 27 November 2017. Tickets are still available.