Production sponsored by the Shelley & Guy Scott Family Foundation
Opening night sponsor:
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., Edmonton
Sung in Italian with projected English translation
Forbidden love, a family rivalry and the death of two lovers — echoes of Romeo and Juliet are found in Donizetti's haunting opera Lucia di Lammermoor. Making her company and role debut, Canadian soprano Simone Osborne as Lucia exposes the hard and dark edges of beauty, in an opera that hasn't been seen in Edmonton in nearly 20 years.
Forced into a loveless marriage by her domineering brother, desperation consumes Lucia's heart and mind, leading her to commit a chilling murder on her wedding night. What follows is the most spectacular mad scene in all of opera, featuring the bel canto artistry of Donizetti's hauntingly beautiful music.
Set on the gothic Scottish moors, Brian Deedrick directs this harrowing psychological thriller based on the novel by Sir Walter Scott, with lighting design by David Fraser.
Previews of the scenery design (by Robert Dahlstrom) and costumes (designs by Deborah Trout; interview with costume shop manager Susan Davis):
Videos courtesy of Seattle Opera.