Opera at St. John Cantius: Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor”
Aug. 23, 2014
Enjoy a live opera at St. John Cantius Church on Saturday, September 6 at 6pm. The Patrons of Sacred Music along with the Main Street Opera Company and The Nuvole Ensemble present Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in the lower level of the church. You can purchase tickets online. Bring the whole family… Children under 12 are free!
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-Seniors and Students: $22.00
Children under 12 free
Tickets purchased at door - Add $5.00
Lucia di Lammermoor is a dramma tragico (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 when several factors led to the height of his reputation as a composer of opera. Gioachino Rossini had recently retired and Vincenzo Bellini had died shortly before the premiere of Lucia leaving Donizetti as “the sole reigning genius of Italian opera”. Not only were conditions ripe for Donizetti’s success as a composer, but there was also a European interest in the history and culture of Scotland. The perceived romance of its violent wars and feuds, as well as its folklore and mythology, intrigued 19th century readers and audiences. Sir Walter Scott made use of these stereotypes in his novel The Bride of Lammermoor, which inspired several musical works including 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.