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Lucia di Lammermoor

Lucia di Lammermoor | February 12, 16, 18 & 20, 2022

Opera in three acts, composed by Gaetano Donizetti to an Italian libretto by Cammerano.

Join us in 17th century Scotland as we take you on a journey of love, jealousy, passion, anger, and delirium. Lovely Lady Lucia is between a rock and a hard place as her lover, Sir Edgardo Ravenwood, is feuding with her protective but foolish brother Enrico, who has arranged for her to be married off to the wealthy Lord Arturo Bucklaw, for money. Which will win out? Love, money, or madness? Buy a ticket and find out!

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Synopsis:

Act 1: Scotland, mid-19th century. An intruder has been spotted at night on the grounds of Lammermoor Castle, home of Enrico Ashton. Normanno, the captain of the guard, sends Enrico's men off in search of the stranger. Enrico arrives, troubled. His family's fortunes are in danger, and only the arranged marriage of his sister, Lucia, with Lord Arturo can save them. The chaplain Raimondo, Lucia's tutor, reminds Enrico that the girl is still mourning the death of her mother. But Normanno reveals that Lucia is concealing a great love for Edgardo di Ravenswood, leader of the Ashtons' political enemies. Enrico is furious and swears vengeance. The men return and explain that they have seen and identified the intruder as Edgardo. Enrico's fury increases.

Just before dawn at a fountain in the woods nearby, Lucia and her companion Alisa are waiting for Edgardo. Lucia relates that, at the fountain, she has seen the ghost of a girl who was stabbed by her jealous lover. Alisa urges her to leave Edgardo, but Lucia insists that her love for Edgardo brings her great joy and may overcome all. Edgardo arrives and explains that he must go to France on a political mission. Before he leaves he wants to make peace with Enrico. Lucia, however, asks Edgardo to keep their love a secret. Edgardo agrees, and they exchange rings and vows of devotion.

Act 2: It is some months later, on the day that Lucia is to marry Arturo. Normanno assures Enrico that he has successfully intercepted all correspondence between the lovers and has in addition procured a forged letter, supposedly from Edgardo, that indicates he is involved with another woman. As the captain goes off to welcome the groom, Lucia enters, continuing to defy her brother. Enrico shows her the forged letter. Lucia is heartbroken, but Enrico insists that she marry Arturo to save the family. He leaves, and Raimondo, convinced no hope remains for Lucia's love, reminds her of her late mother and urges her to do a sister's duty. She finally agrees.

As the wedding guests arrive in the Great Hall, Enrico explains to Arturo that Lucia is still in a state of melancholy because of her mother's death. The girl enters and reluctantly signs the marriage contract. Suddenly Edgardo bursts in, claiming his bride. The entire company is overcome by shock. Arturo and Enrico order Edgardo to leave, but he insists that he and Lucia are engaged. When Raimondo shows him the contract with Lucia's signature, Edgardo curses her and tears his ring from her finger before finally leaving in despair and rage.

Act 3: Back at Lammermoor, Raimondo interrupts the wedding festivities with the news that Lucia has gone mad and killed Arturo. Lucia enters, covered in blood. Moving between tenderness, joy, and terror, she recalls her meetings with Edgardo and imagines she is with him on their wedding night. She vows she will never be happy in heaven without her lover and that she will see him there. When Enrico returns, he is enraged at Lucia's behavior but soon realizes that she has lost her senses. After a confused and violent exchange with her brother, Lucia collapses.

In the graveyard, Edgardo laments that he has to live without Lucia and awaits his duel with Enrico, which he hopes will end his own life. Guests coming from Lammermoor Castle tell him that the dying Lucia has called his name. As he is about to rush to her, Raimondo announces that she has died. Determined to join Lucia in heaven, Edgardo stabs himself.

Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes, with 1 intermission and 1 five minute pause.

CAST:

Lucia di Lammermoor:Clara Hurtado Lee Soprano
Lord Enrico Ashton:Baritone
Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood:Tenor
Raimondo Bidebent:Nelson LeDuc Bass
Alisa:Mezzo-Soprano
Normano:Tenor
Ladies and Knights:Chorus

DETAILED ARTIST'S INFO:

Clara Hurtado Lee, Lyric Coloratura Soprano

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Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor

Clara Hurtado Lee's warm and brilliant soprano encompasses the lyric coloratura repertoire. She performs with some of the Intermountain Region's leading music organizations including; Utah Symphony & Utah Opera, Salt Lake Choral Artists, Utah Lyric Opera, and The American West Symphony. She also performed internationally in Italy. Some favorite Opera roles include; Lucia, Pamina, Micaela, Susanna (Nozze), Musetta, Cupidon, Sophie (Rosenkavalier), Madame Herz and Adina.

Critics describe her singing as: sparkling, fluid, lyrical, emotionally-charged, and lovely. Clara won1st place in the 2014 NATSAA competition for the Cal-Western Region. She competed in Boston and was a National Semi-finalist, receiving the Harold Stark Award. Clara also shines as a frequent recitalist and concert soloist.

Nelson LeDuc, Bass-baritone

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Raimondo Bidebent in Lucia di Lammermoor

Nelson LeDuc has never been a stranger to music. He played clarinet in elementary school, bass guitar in a rock band in the late 1970s, and since 1988 has been a regular singer with Utah Opera Company, having now sung in 84 productions with that company. Besides singing a number of cameo roles with Utah Opera, Nelson has also been a featured soloist in the Mozart Requiem, Handel's Messiah, and with Utopia Early Music. He sang the title role in Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado with Pages Lane Theater (predecessor to Centerpoint Legacy Theater) in 1991. More recently, he has performed the role of Simone in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi with Utah/Idaho Performing Arts Company in 2015, and has sung the roles of Lord Mountararat in Iolanthe (2011) and Dr. Tannhauser in The Grand Duke (2017), both Gilbert & Sullivan operettas presented by Holladay Performing Arts. This is his third season with Lyrical Opera Theater, having previously sung the roles of Pistola in Falstaff and Baron Douphol in La Traviata. Besides his active performance schedule, Nelson is currently pursuing a degree in music composition from the University of Utah.

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