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Lucia Di Lammermoor takes the stage

First performed in Naples in 1835, the Donizetti opera has since become a favorite among opera-lovers.

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ARMENIAN-French soprano Melody Louledjian (fourth from right) to play Lucia Ashton.

The compelling yet tragic tale of the bride of Lammermoor comes to the Philippine stage as the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Rustan Group of Companies, the Filipinas Opera Society Foundation, Inc. and the Embassy of Italy Manila, present “Lucia di Lammermoor” on January 31, 2020 (Friday), 8PM, with matinee show on February 2, 2020 (Sunday), at 3PM, at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater).

From the genius of Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, with libretto by Salvadore Cammarano, the three-act opera follows the story of Lucia Ashton, a Scottish maiden who falls in love with Edgardo, the leader of the Ashtons’ political enemies, but is forced by her brother Enrico to marry another nobleman named Arturo.  Believing her brother’s lie that Edgardo has betrayed her, Lucia is so gripped with devastation and grief that she begins to lose her sanity.

First performed in Naples in 1835, the Donizetti opera has since become a favorite among opera-lovers, “with its vivid heroine, beautiful orchestration, gothic story and psychologically realistic portrayal of a woman on the brink of collapse.”

It is best known for its arias including “Il dolce suono” and “Regnavanelsilenzio,” among others.

Its heart-stopping Lucia’s mad scene has become one of the most famous moments in all opera.

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra provides live orchestral accompaniment under the baton of Maestro Alessandro Palumbo. Choral group Viva Voce Voice Lab, with guest singers from the various music schools in Manila and Iloilo, joins the ensemble.

Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini directs the opera and designs the set and costumes, with Ravivaddhana Monipong Sisowath as assistant director, Giovanni Pirandello as lighting director and Giampaolo Lomi Ormanni as creative project coordinator.

The opera performances will benefit the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra Society, Inc. and the Philippine Italian Association Endowment Fund.

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