A Wedding to Die For
This story of star-crossed lovers and feuding families is one of the greatest of operatic tragedies. In this Scottish version of the Romeo and Juliet story, Lucia and Edgardo find that plighted love is no shield against the blows of fate. Told through the music of Donizetti's masterpiece, inspired by Sir Walter Scott's powerful tale, and filled with gripping arias and ensembles, the opera tellingly explores the challenges that life and convention bring to two innocent young lovers.
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
Christian Van Horn
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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.