In a remote part of Scotland, two families feud, with a young, vulnerable woman caught in the middle. She is Lucia, in love with a man that she isn’t permitted to marry. Like many stories of unrequited love, Gaetano Donizetti’s compelling opera is bound to end in tragedy. Playing a strictly limited season, Lucia di Lammermoor is part of English National Opera’s new London Coliseum season.
Based on Walter Scott’s novel The Bride of Lammermoor, this 1835 Italian opera begins with Lucia waiting for her secret lover Edgardo, only to discover that she will be forced to marry another. Her brother Enrico is determined to sabotage her love for Edgardo, but his plans eventually backfire with the unfolding of terrible events.
Casting for the thrilling opera includes Sarah Tynan as Lucia, Lester Lynch as her brother Enrico and Eleazar Rodriguez as Edgardo. Also taking on principal roles are Michael Colvin, Clive Bayley, Sarah Pring and Elgan Llyr Thomas. Sarah Tynan has previously sung with the ENO, Opera Holland Park and Aldeburgh Festival.
Stuart Stratford and James Hendry conduct the piece, and David Alden directs. Alden is an American director with a reputation for post-modernist adaptations of classic operas. He also regularly re-frames classic works to comment on current political issues. Lucia di Lammermoor features set design by Charles Edwards, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Adam Silverman and movement by Maxine Braham.
This revival marks the first time in eight years that this opera is being staged at the ENO. With Olivier Award-winner David Alden at the helm of the production, this enigmatic, romantic and ultimately tragic opera features themes of thwarted love, familial rivalry and obsession. Lucia di Lammermoor runs at the West End’s London Coliseum from 25 October to 5 December 2018.
Recommended forSeasoned opera audiences, as well as those who are curious about the form will want to check out director David Alden’s work. He is known for making opera contemporary and relatable, so offers audiences something different from traditional opera productions.
Age Recommendations: No under 5's