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Lucia di Lammermoor
by Gaetano Donizetti
Gaetano Donizetti 2.jpg
Donizetti, about 1830
Genre Opera in 3 acts
Librettist Salvatore Cammarano
Language Italian
Premiere Naples, Italy
September 26, 1835
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Lucia di Lammermoor is an Italian opera in three acts. Salvatore Cammarano wrote the libretto (story and words). Gaetano Donizetti wrote the music. The opera is based on Sir Walter Scott's novel, The Bride of Lammermoor.

The opera was first performed on September 26, 1835 at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Italy. Fanny Tacchinardi-Persiani played the title role. The opera is celebrated for the sextet "Chi mi frena" and Lucia's lengthy Mad Scene, a technically and dramatically demanding double-aria tour de force. The opera was a great success. Every number received a tremendous ovation. Donizetti and the cast were called forth for numerous curtain calls. The opera is number 19 on the Operabase list of the most performed operas worldwide.

Characters

  • Lucia, an aristocratic young woman in love with Edgardo (soprano)
  • Edgardo di Ravenswood, Lucia's beloved (tenor)
  • Enrico Ashton, Lucia's brother (baritone)
  • Arturo Bucklaw, a rich lord and Lucia's bridgegroom (tenor)
  • Raimondo Bidebent, a Calvinist chaplain (bass)
  • Alisa, Lucia's maid (mezzo-soprano)
  • Normanno, Enrico's retainer (tenor)

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