Lucia di Lammermoor
Gaetano Donizetti (1797 – 1848)
Salvadore Cammarano, after Sir Walter Scott
Conductor, Stuart Stratford (James Hendry, 5 Dec)
Director, David Alden
David Alden’s five star production of Lucia di Lammermoor returns with Sarah Tynan making her role debut as Lucia
Opens Thursday 25 October at 7.30pm (9 performances)
David Alden’s ‘magnificent conception’ (The Daily Telegraph) of Donizetti’s Scottish tragedy returns to the Coliseum for a third time in October after universal acclaim since its first run in 2008. Earning five star reviews from the Guardian and Telegraph, the haunting Gothic imagery of Charles Edwards’ designs and the stark psychological drama of Alden’s approach have made the opera ‘never seem to matter so much’ (The Financial Times). Sarah Tynan makes her role debut as Lucia in one of the most demanding challenges for any soprano.
The story, taken from Walter Scott’s 1819 novel The Bride of Lammermoor, tells the story of the young Scottish noblewoman Lucia, bartered and manipulated by the men in her life until she is driven to murderous insanity. Featuring the famous ‘mad scene’, the spectacular vocal display makes it one of the key works of bel canto opera. This production of it has been one of the most successful of recent years, seen in opera houses from Oslo to Toronto to Madrid.
David Alden has a long history of producing bold and innovative takes on the operatic canon for ENO dating back to the 1980s. He is twice winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production, including in 2007 for Janácek’s Jenůfa at ENO, while his 2009 Peter Grimes for ENO won the South Bank Award for Opera.
Sarah Tynan, whose much-lauded 2017 appearances as Rosina in The Barber of Seville (‘impeccable coloratura’ – The Independent) and in the title role of Partenope (‘dazzling’ – WhatsOnStage) reaffirmed her place as one of the finest sopranos on the UK stage today, makes her role debut as Lucia. A much-loved presence in numerous previous ENO productions, she returns to the Coliseum in spring 2019 as the title role in The Merry Widow, swapping tragedy for comedy.
Tenor Eleazar Rodríguez, whose chemistry with Tynan has already been seen in his performance opposite her as Almaviva in The Barber of Seville (‘a masterclass’ – Bachtrack), sings her lover Edgardo. Baritone Lester Lynch makes his house debut as her brother Enrico.
Michael Colvin returns to the Coliseum to sing Arturo after his ‘excellent’ (The Evening Standard) turn as Herod in Salome earlier in the season. Bass Clive Bayley and mezzo-soprano Sarah Pring sing Raimondo and Alisa respectively, returning to ENO after their roles in the much-loved Satyagraha revival of 2018.
ENO Harewood Artist Elgan Llŷr Thomas makes his third ENO appearance as Normanno, after his highly praised Johny Inkslinger in Paul Bunyan and Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw during 2018’s ENO Outside programme.
Stuart Stratford, Music Director at Scottish Opera, conducts. He was last seen at the Coliseum for his ‘ravishing’ (The Guardian) conducting of the 2013 run of Satyagraha.
The set is designed by Charles Edwards and the costumes are by Brigitte Reiffenstuel. Lighting design is by Adam Silverman.
Translation is by Amanda Holden.
Lucia di Lammermoor opens Thursday 25 October at 7.30pm at the London Coliseum for 9 performances: 25, 30 October, 02 07 09 15 24 30 November and 05 December at 7.30pm
500 tickets for £20 or less are available for each performance. Tickets start from £12*.
Plus booking fee of 2.25. No booking fee in person