The road to love has plenty of potholes. Misunderstandings, disagreements, and infidelities are obstacles on the journey. In the movies, true love veers around these barriers. The couple eventually arrives at their happily-ever-after. In opera, a love betrayal isn’t up for discussion. It is hit head-on, backed over and dragged into states of madness, mayhem and murder.
The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor, a three act opera sung in Italian. Lucia loves Edgardo. Edgardo loves Lucia. Before he met her, Edgardo swore vengeance on Lucia’s family. Because he loves her, Edgardo plans to build civility between their divided families. But first, he has a secret diplomatic mission. Before he departs, they marry secretly. Edgardo promises to write. Enrico, Lucia’s brother, intercepts the letters. He convinces Lucia that Edgardo has been unfaithful. He coerces her to marry Arturo to save the family from ruin. Right after Lucia signs the marriage contract, Edgardo arrives. Uh-oh! Vengeance is back… big time! Lucia di Lammermoor is undeniably positioned to love.
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Tags: Brian Mulligan, Catherine Malfitano, Christian Van Horn, Civic Opera House, Dan Rest, Duane Schuler, Francis Rizzo, Gaetano Donizetti, Giuseppe Filianoti, Lucia di Lammermoor, Massimo Zanetti, Quinn Kelsey, Salvatore Cammarano, Susanna Phillips, Terese Wadden, Wilson Chin