The Russian Soprano who sang the led role of Lucia was totally phenomenal. It is probably the finest operatic performance I have ever seen. The story is so tragic and dramatic and, interestingly enough, is based on actual story of a bride who stabbed her husband on their wedding night. I have attached the story of the opera which is high melodrama at its ultimate!
The staging was spectacular. My hat’s off to the stage manager, Meredith Greenburg. Although it had a traditional feeling with the costumes, the actual staging made use of fabulous photography and gave a very contemporary and additional drama to the entire evening. The composer, Donizetti was one of the most prolific composers for opera and most all of them were tragedies. It seemed like star-crossed lovers are every writer’s favorite tragedy from Westside Story to Romeo and Juliet.
The originally novel by Sir Walter Scott was said to be based on the true story of a woman named Janet Dalrymple, daughter of a Viscount and heavily entrenched in the world of European nobility without escape. The man she loved was not approved by her father and instead she was forced to marry another man. On their wedding night, she allegedly stabbed her bridegroom. He survived and she died a month later from insanity. Neither of them ever disclosed what really happened.
The LA Opera is in a class of its own. I am very proud of the Blue Ribbon where I have been a member for nearly 20 years and their sponsorship of this incredibly beautiful opera. If you’re not an opera fan, you will be after seeing this performance.