Set on the stormy hills of Scotland, this opera, first performed in 1835, is based on Sir Walter Scott’s gothic romance The Bride of Lammermoor. It is about the love affair of Lucia Ashton and her family rival, Edgardo of Ravenswood. The two noble families -the Ashtons and Ravenswoods – are bitter enemies. The Ashtons are almost broke. Enrico Ashton, brother of Lucia,  has arranged her marriage to the wealthy Lord  Arturo Bucklaw, in the hope that this union will alleviate their money troubles and save the Ashton family. Caught in this feud, and cornered by the men around her, Lucia is driven to madness with the direst consequences for all.

Melbourne Opera is pleased to welcome back Australian/Greek soprano Elena Xanthoudakis to play Lucia. Elena thrilled Melbourne Opera audiences with her coloratura fireworks in performances of Rossini’s Otello, and Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda. Alongside Elena, Rosario La Spina, following his triumph in Die Walküre for Opera Australia and leading Australian baritone Simon Meadows head a stellar cast. After the huge successes directing both the award winning Bendigo Ring Cycle and Maria Stuarda in 2023, Suzanne Chaundy will return to direct this wonderful bel canto opera.

Composed by Gaetano Donizetti with libretto by Salvatore Cammarano

Cast

Lucia – Elena Xanthoudakis
Enrico – Simon Meadows
Edgardo – Rosario  La Spina
Arturo – Henry Choo
Raimondo – Eddie Muliaumaseali’i
Alisa – Sarah Sweeting
Normanno – Boyd Owen

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Melbourne Opera Orchestra & Chorus

Conductors – Raymond Lawrence and Greg Hocking AM
Director – Suzanne Chaundy
Set Designer – Dale Ferguson
Costume Designer – Harriet Oxley
Lighting Designer – Peter Amesbury 

Dates & Tickets

Fri 3 May 7:30pm

Athenaeum Theatre

Sun 5 May 2.30pm

Athenaeum Theatre

Wed 8 May 7:30pm

Athenaeum Theatre

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