Small picture of Donizetti

 

Donizetti's Lucia  di Lammermoor

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle,  October 16 - 30, 2010.

Photographs by Rozarii Lynch, courtesy of Seattle Opera

 

Photographs from Seattle Opera's production of  Lucia di Lammermoor. Bernard Jacobson in The Seattle Times and on the Seen and Heard International website called it "a practically unalloyed triumph"  with both staging, singing and the orchestral playing being praised with particular emphasis on the "Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak, making her company and role debut as Lucia, that set the theater alight both vocally and dramatically. She made me believe she really was Lucia."  Much the same sentiments were echoed by Melinda Bargreen on The Classical Review website and Steve Clare on the Seattle Fine Arts Examiner website, who also reviewed the alternate cast production with Davinia Rodríguez in the title role. Theodore Deacon in Opera magazine (February 2011) was generally appreciative while not altogether happy with some of the cuts that were made and concluded, apropos of Kurzak, "It was as if the heady days of the Bel Canto Revival, with Sills, Sutherland and Callas, were back again, eerie and unforgettable".

As part of the preparation for the opera, Seattle Opera’s Head of Music and Principal Coach/Accompanist, David McDade, made a short study of a facsimile of the autograph score.  He recorded some thoughts about here.  One point he noted was that "All in all it’s like the difference between a typewritten letter (or email) from a friend and receiving the same note handwritten on stationary; there is just something extra and personal about the latter. I love the personal touches that bring me closer to the composer. As I looked at the great Sextet, I saw that Donizetti had run into a problem: he hadn’t allowed enough lines for all the soloists! He had to draw an extra staff at the bottom of the page to write Arturo’s part. "

 

The Team

 

Lucia:

Aleksandra Kurzak

Davinia Rodríguez

Edgardo:

William Burden

Scott Piper

Enrico:

Ljubomir Puškarić

Philip Cutlip

Alisa: Lindsey Anderson

Normanno: Eric Neuville

Arturo: Andrew Stenson

Raimondo: Arthur Woodley

 

Conductor: Bruno Cinquegrani

Stage Director: Tomer Zvulun

Set Designer: Robert Dahlstrom

Costume Designer: Deborah Trout

Lighting Designer: Robert Wierzel

 

 

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Aleksandra Kurzak (Lucia) and William Burden (Edgardo) 

 

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Arthur Woodley (Raimondo) and Aleksandra Kurzak (Lucia)

 

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The signing of the marriage contract

 

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Lucia (Davinia Rodríguez) and Edgardo (Scott Piper)

 

                        

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Aleksandra Kurzak (Lucia)                                                                Davinia Rodríguez (Lucia)

 

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The final scene

 

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Lucia (Davinia Rodríguez) and Edgardo (Scott Piper)

 

As in a number of recent productions the ghost of Lucia is introduced into the final scene, here beckoning Edgardo to join her.