At The Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor (LIVE 1955) July 11, 2020
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Lucia di Lammermoor is a tragic opera in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Salvadore Cammarano wrote the Italian-language libretto loosely based upon Sir Walter Scott's 1819 historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor.
Donizetti wrote Lucia di Lammermoor in 1835, a time when several factors led to the height of his reputation as a composer of opera. Gioachino Rossini had recently retired and Vincenzo Bellini had died shortly before the premiere of Lucia leaving Donizetti as "the sole reigning genius of Italian opera". Not only were conditions ripe for Donizetti's success as a composer, but there was also a European interest in the history and culture of Scotland. The perceived romance of its violent wars and feuds, as well as its folklore and mythology, intrigued 19th century readers and audiences. Sir Walter Scott dramatized these elements in his novel The Bride of Lammermoor, which inspired several musical works including Lucia.
The story concerns the emotionally fragile Lucy Ashton (Lucia) who is caught in a feud between her own family and that of the Ravenswoods. The setting is the Lammermuir Hills of Scotland (Lammermoor) in the 17th century.
Lucia - Maria Callas
Edgardo - Giuseppe di Stefano
Enrico - Rolando Panerai
Berlin Rias Orchestra and Chorus
Herbert von Karajan - conductor
Verona CA - 1955 (LIVE)
Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo
Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Callas di Stefano
Lucia di Lammermoor (LIVE 1955)
Herbert von Karajan
Toreador Song from Carmen
Bryn Terfel and Andrea Bocelli
Pearl Fishers Duet
None But the Lonely Heart
Halevy, Meyerbeer, Mozart
unknown Ezio Pinza
Lauritz Melchoir Frida Leider
Tristan und Isolde, The Love Duet, Act 2