Small picture of Donizetti

 

 

 

Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor

The Metropolitan Opera, New York, September/October, 2007

 

  Photographs by Ken Howard, courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera, New York.  The photographs are the copyright of Ken Howard and the Metropolitan Opera.

 Cast and production

Lucia - Natalie Dessay

Edgardo - Marcello Giordano

Enrico - Mariusz Kwiecien

Raimondo - John Relyea

Arturo - Stephen Costello

 

 

Conductor - James Levine

Director - Mary Zimmerman

Designer - Daniel Ostling

Costumes - Mara Blumenfeld

Lighting - T. J. Gerckens

 

Natalie Dessay scored another great success with her portrayal of Lucia in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, which opened the 2007-8 season and which was, apparently, the first time that James Levine had conducted the opera.  Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times, September 26th, 2007 talked of her "thriving under pressure" and that "she [sounded] glorious... Her voice an intriguing mix of qualities".

He noted that "as [Mary Zimmerman, the director] has said in recent interviews, “Lucia” is sometimes milked for psychological subtexts, sometimes treated as historical melodrama. A director could present Lucia’s ghostly visions as evidence of her shaky mental state or as a real part of the world Scott depicts. Ms. Zimmerman opts to do a little of both these approaches, which could have been a recipe for disaster. Not here, for the most part", although, occasionally, the direction "proved a distraction to Ms. Dessay’s lustrous singing. Sometimes in opera the music alone is the drama, especially when performed as vibrantly as it was here".

Of the other major roles, Mr. Tommasini wrote that "Ms. Dessay’s Edgardo was the Italian tenor Marcello Giordani. His singing was not flawless. He sometimes bellowed and lacked pianissimo subtlety. Still, he has genuine Italianate style and an exciting, robust voice. Mariusz Kwiecien has emerged in recent seasons as a major baritone. This handsome and dynamic young Polish artist was a vocally impassioned Enrico, who made that sometimes flat character seem in ways as desperate as the sister he controls."

Annick Massis took over the role for some later performances and seemed to have largely triumphed despite having such an obviously successful act to follow. Michael Sinclair in The Opera Critic thought that "it may not have been a flawless performance, but her exquisitely crafted mad scene set the seal on a performance to reckon with."  

There are more performances with Dessay at the Met in March 2008 . Filianoti is scheduled to sing the part of Edgardo.

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Marcello Giordano as Edgardo and Natalie Dessay in the title role
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Natalie Dessay as Lucia and Mariusz Kwiecien as Enrico
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Stephen Costello as Arturo, Natalie Dessay as Lucia and Mariusz Kwiecien as Enrico
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The sextet
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Natalie Dessay in the title role
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Natalie Dessay in the title role
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John Relyea as Raimondo and Natalie Dessay as Lucia
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Marcello Giordano as Edgardo
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Page initially published in  2007