Sunday, 3 April 2011

Lucia di Lammermoor in Göteborg

Classicalify was one of the lucky ones to experience the premier of Donizett's "Lucia di Lammermoor" at the Göteborg Opera. Overwhelming performance with great singing and playing. The production is a 2008 ENO David Alden production brought to Göteborg. For the first time in Nordic opera history we can experience the glass harmonica in this work... a ghostlike, etheric sound that sends shiver down your spine. Strongly recommended.

From the Göteborg Opera homepage:

Power struggles, impossible love and murder. Kerstin Avemo creates a moving impersonation of the unhappy Lucia in our first ever Donizetti opera. Opera in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848).

Bel Canto – beautiful song – is a term originating in Italy, the home of opera. Gaetano Donizetti is seen as one of the most prominent of the 19th century composers of the Bel Canto genre. In his popular opera Lucia di Lammermoor, shown for the first time at The Göteborg Opera, the soprano passages of the title role are are dizzyingly beautiful – and master pieces of virtuosity.

This production was a success when it premiered at the English National Opera in 2008, directed by award winning director David Alden, and was performed again in February 2010. The story takes place in ghostly castle milieus and tells of a power struggle between two families, impossible love versus economical interests and forced marriages with deadly consequences.

Lucia is sung by coloratura soprano Kerstin Avemo, much in demand internationally, not least because of her success in this role. Many will remember her hypnotic Lulu in Alban Berg’s opera of the same name which was performed at The Göteborg Opera in 2002. Now she plays the tragic heroine who is driven to insanity and, as author and philosopher Cathérine Clément says “dances with her desires”.

Lucia’s beloved, Edgardo, is sung by tenor Bülent Bezdüz, whose impression of Rodolfo in Bohème at The Göteborg Opera in 2008/2009 was very impressive. First guest conductor Giancarlo Andretta will lead the orchestra and in accordance with Donizetti’s original intentions we have included something as unusual as a glass harmonica in the orchestra.

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