Diana Damrau and Rachael Lloyd in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor ©2016 ROH. Photograph by Stephen Cummiskey

Lucia di Lammermoor

10 June8 July 2020
The performance lasts about 3 hours 5 minutes, including one interval
Main Stage
Opera and music

Lucia di Lammermoor is Donizetti’s tragic masterpiece. The opera marked the beginning of his partnership with regular collaborator librettist Salvadore Cammarano – who, as was a fashion of the day, looked to Walter Scott. Cammarano’s adaptation of Scott’s novel The Bride of Lammermoor moved Donizetti greatly with its tale of the tragic consequences of a forced marriage. In the subsequent score he produced not only some of his most beautiful but also his most dramatically potent music.

One of the UK’s most sought-after directors, Katie Mitchell created this production for The Royal Opera in 2016. Mitchell compellingly draws the famous title character as a strong and independent woman who fiercely fights against her brother’s machinations. A spectacular split-screen set designed by Vicki Mortimer metes out the tragic events of Donizetti’s opera with devastating precision.

Guidance
Suitable for ages 12+

Contains scenes of an adult nature. Strobe lighting (lightning flashes) is used at the start of Act III.

Language
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
Thanks to

Lord and Lady Laidlaw

Thanks to the Taylor Family Foundation and The Gerald and Gail Ronson Family Foundation Schools’ Matinees for their generous support of the Schools Matinee performance on Wednesday 10 June.

A co-production with

Greek National Opera

Synopsis

Lucia’s brother Enrico is horrified to learn she has fallen in love with his sworn enemy Edgardo. He hastily arranges her marriage to his associate Arturo. Edgardo and Lucia privately exchange rings before he leaves to fight in France.

Enrico tricks Lucia into believing that Edgardo has been unfaithful. Longing for death, she signs the contract with Arturo – moments before Edgardo returns. Lucia murders Arturo in their wedding bed. His death is followed first by Lucia’s, and then by Edgardo’s.

Cast

Cast may vary depending on date. Go to dates and prices to view casting.

DesignerVicki Mortimer

MusicGaetano Donizetti

LibrettoSalvadore Cammarano

DirectorKatie Mitchell

Lighting designerJon Clark

Movement directorJoseph Alford

Company The Royal Opera

Creatives

Accessibility

There is lift access and step-free seating to most levels of the Main Stage auditorium, except the Orchestra Stalls, which are reached by a minimum of nine steps. There are more than 100 seats in the Stalls Circle, Balcony and Amphitheatre which are accessible without the need to negotiate steps. In addition, many seats in these areas and in the Donald Gordon Grand Tier and Orchestra Stalls are accessible by 10 steps or fewer. Find out more about accessing the Main Stage Auditorium.

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