Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano
Lucia di Lammermoor is a tragic opera in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Salvadore Cammarano wrote the Italian language libretto loosely based upon Sir Walter Scott’s historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor. Donizetti wrote Lucia di Lammermoor in 1835, a time period when Donizetti was recognized as “the sole reigning genius of Italian opera” and there was also a European interest in the history and culture of Scotland. The perceived romance of Scotland’s violent wars and feuds, as well as its folklore and mythology, intrigued 19th century audiences. Sir Walter Scott utilized these stereotypes in his novel The Bride of Lammermoor, which inspired Lucia. The story concerns the emotionally fragile Lucy Ashton (Lucia) who is caught in a feud between her own family and that of the Ravenswoods. The setting is the Lammermuir Hills of Scotland (Lammermoor) in the 17th century.
A Red Curtain Series event, sponsored by Friends of Gusman and KnightArts.
Tickets $25-$45, available at http://www.gusmancenter.org/