Lucia di Lammermoor

I wanted to catch Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor back in the summer of 2008, when I tripping across the country to San Francisco. Alas, my itinerary ultimately did not coincide with the San Francisco Opera’s showing of Lucia, although I did manage to watch Le Nozze di Figaro at the stunning Santa Fe Opera.

In any case, on Wednesday night, we finally saw Lucia – live on the Metropolitan Opera’s telecast. Natalie Dessay was in the title role, and she was everything the critics had made her out to be, and more. She was a stupendous actress, utterly believable in her grief and confusion, especially in the climatic mad scene at the end. And the way she soared through her arias, twisting and somersaulting through the scales like a trapeze artist on a high wire act…

It was a phenomenal production. And at the end of the night, I realized that of all the different operatic styles, Italian is my favorite: Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Lucia, Verdi’s Traviata and Rigoletto, Puccini’s Boheme, Rossini’s Barber, and Mozart’s Figaro and Don Giovanni.

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