A Wedding to Die For
Lucia is one of the most challenging roles in the soprano repertory, combining coloratura pyrotechnics with dramatic intensity. Singing the title role is soprano Brenda Rae (Don Pasquale, 2014; The Impresario and Le Rossignol, 2014; La Traviata, 2013). Lucia is in love with Edgardo, scion of the rival Ravenswood clan, sung by tenor Mario Chang in his Santa Fe debut, but she is pressured by her ambitious brother Enrico, baritone Zachary Nelson (Don Pasquale, 2014), into a politically advantageous match. The wedding proves fatal for both husband and wife. Corrado Rovaris (Don Pasquale, 2014) conducts, with stage direction of Ron Daniels (Don Giovanni, 2016).
Performed at The Crosby Theatre
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Pressured to marry the wrong man, Lucia suffers a cathartic emotional breakdown, culminating in the most haunting and iconic mad scene in all of opera.
Lord Enrico Ashton
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A Marriage to Die For
Gaetano Donizetti composed like a man possessed, creating more than three dozen operas celebrated for their melodic richness and vocal splendor. His tragic romance Lucia di Lammermoor is not just the best-known of these, but perhaps the most iconic of all bel canto operas. It is a gripping tale of thwarted love and a sensitive portrait of a woman at the breaking point — a heroine whose famous mad scene sets the standard for high accomplishment in coloratura singing.