Lucia di Lammermoor
Music by Gaetano DONIZETTI
Opera in 2 Parts (3 Acts)
Sung in Italian with English and Japanese surtitles
Co-production with Opera de Monte-Carlo
[Notice] The performance on the 25th is cancelled. Please refer to this announcement.
ARTS for the future! Programme
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal 2020
18 Apr - 25 Apr, 2021 ( 4 Performances )
Running time is approx. 3 hours 10 mins including intervals
Lucia di Lammermoor is one of the finest bel canto operas composed by Gaetano DONIZETTI.
Set in Ravenswood in 17th century Scotland, the story unfolds around Lucia, her brother Enrico, Lord of Lammermoor and Edgardo, Lucia's lover and Enrico's antagonistic rival.
One of the auditory highlights is "Il Dolce Suono... Spargi D'amaro Pianto", sung by Lucia in the famous Mad Scene. This well-known aria is a demanding piece tackled by many coloratura sopranos.
This production directed by Jean-Louis GRINDA was produced in collaboration with the Opèra de Monte-Carlo in Monaco and had its world premiere at the NNTT in 2017. Following that, it was performed at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in June 2019 and at the Opèra de Monte-Carlo in Monaco in November the same year. The lead role of Lucia will be sung by the stunning soprano Irina LUNGU, who mesmerised audiences with her impressive technique and expression in La Traviata in 2017. Edgardo will be performed by the popular bel canto tenor Lawrence BROWNLEE, while SUDO Shingo, whose Italian repertoire have gained good reputation, will take on the role of Enrico. Speranza SCAPPUCCI, the talk of houses worldwide, will taking up the baton in her long-awaited NNTT debut.
*Please note that we will modify a part of the original production into a new normal style version.
[Covid-19] Our Prevention Plan and Request to Our Patrons
The performances will be taking place based on the policies of the Japanese government and the Tokyo Metropolitan government, along with the guideline for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 infection by the Association of Public Theatres and Halls in Japan.
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NEWS & FEATURES
[NOTICE] Performances from 25 April to 11 May Cancelled
Cast change : Lucia di Lammermoor (18-25 April) & Don Carlo (20-29 May)
[COVID-19] Our Prevention Plan and Request to Our Patrons
The gardens of the castle. Normanno, the right-hand retainer of the lord of the castle, speaks of how he will restore the family’s honour. Then Enrico, lord of the castle lets slip that he wants to destroy his arch-enemy Edgardo and have his sister Lucia enter into a tactical marriage with Lord Arturo, but that Lucia will not consent.
Lucia’s instructor, Raimondo, explains that she is “weeping thinking of her mother who has passed away”, to which Normanno says, “She has a lover”, and reveals that it is Enrico’s arch-enemy Edgardo. Enrico pales with anger, and people inform him that “Edgardo has appeared for a moment”. Enrico’s rage builds.
Evening at the castle. Lucia waits in the garden for her lover. She says she has seen a ghost by the fountain, thus frightening her handmaid, Alisa. Edgardo appears, and tells Lucia that he must make an urgent trip to France. This saddens Lucia, but he asks her to pledge her undying love for him. The exchange rings, and Lucia bids him farewell.
Enrico’s house. Normanno tells his lord that he has prepared a counterfeit letter as if from Edgardo stating that he has given his heart to another woman. Lucia appears. Her brother orders her to marry Arturo for the sake of the family, but she replies that she has pledged her love to another. However, she is shaken by reading the counterfeit letter, and calls on divine help. Raimondo talks to Lucia and persuader her that her lover is unfaithful.
A crowd awaits the bridegroom in the great hall of the palace. Arturo appears. Enrico goes to greet him, and Lucia also appears attired as a bride. In a daze, she signs the marriage covenant as ordered. At the moment, Edgardo suddenly appears. Arturo and Enrico stand in his way, but Raimondo comes between them and shows the marriage covenant. On seeing it, Edgardo really believes Lucia has betrayed him and grabs the ring from her finger. The whole castle goes into an uproar.
A room in the tower Edgardo lives in. In the midst of a storm, Enrico appears before the troubled Edgardo. The two challenge each other to a dual.
There is a banquet going on at Enrico’s castle, where Raimondo appears and tells everyone that Lucia has lost her mind and killed Arturo. Before long, Lucia appears covered in blood crying Edgardo’s name and mumbling that she still loves h,. On seeing her in this state, Enrico and Raimondo are at a loss. Lucia collapses.
The scene changes to Edgardo standing motionless before the graves of his forebears, mulling his lover’s treachery. He is startled by the appearance of others singing “Oh, forlorn maiden”, and asks who they are weeping for. Raimondo appears and tells him of Lucia’s death. The despairing Edgardo prays “May we be wedded in heaven”, and follows Lucia into death.
CREATIVE TEAM & CAST
Conductor: Speranza SCAPPUCCI
Production: Jean-Louis GRINDA
Set Design: Rudy SABOUNGHI
Costume Design: Jorge JARA
Lighting Design: Laurent CASTAINGT
Lucia: Irina LUNGU
Edgardo: Lawrence BROWNLEE
Enrico: SUDO Shingo
Raimondo: ITO Takayuki
Arturo: MATAYOSHI Hideki
Alisa: KOBAYASHI Yuka
Normanno: KANNO Atsushi
Chorus: New National Theatre Chorus
Orchestra: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
- CREATIVE TEAM
Booking Opens: Sat, 27 Mar 2021, 10:00am
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