Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor


Mariella Devia (Lucia), Vincenzo La Scola (Edgardo), Renato Bruson (Enrico), Marco Berti (Arturo), Carlo Colombara (Raimondo), Floriana Sovilla (Alisa), Ernesto Gavazzi (Normano)

Orchestra & Chorus of La Scala, Stefano Ranzani

Donizetti's great tragedy is his undisputed masterpiece of melancholic romanticism, with the doomed love between Lucia and Edgardo retold from Sir Walter Scott's novel The Bride of Lammermoor. The 1992 production heightens the story’s powerful libretto with its dramatic visual design and first class musical performances.

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 143 MINS
SOUND: DOLBY STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN

“Pier' Alli, the producer-designer explores a poetically Romanticised view of decaying, mist-ringed Scottish castles which in its consciously old-fashioned way chimes well with the gently singer-supportive conducting of Stefano Ranzani. The principals are all Italian and while on paper this may not be a dream cast, in practice the blend and stylistic know-how of the voices turn out extremely well. After a chilly start Mariella Devia lavishes on the title role the long-lined bel canto phrases for which she has become renowned, matched by the superb bass Carlo Colombara (Bidebent) and the warm-spirited tenor Vincenzo La Scola (Edgardo)...” BBC Music Magazine, September 2004 ****

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Donizetti: Lucia of Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia of Lammermoor


Donizetti:

Lucia di Lammermoor

Sung in English (translation by David Parry)


Elizabeth Futral (Lucia), Alan Opie (Enrico Ashton), Paul Charles Clarke (Edgardo), Peter Wedd (Lord Arturo Bucklaw), Peter Rose (Raimondo Bidebent), Christine Rice (Alisa), Stephen Chaundy (Normanno)

Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra, David Parry

Chandos Opera in English - CHAN3083

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor


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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor


Studer, Domingo, Pons, de la Mora, Ramey, Larmore, Laciura

Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Ion Marin

“Of recordings from the digital era, the best is the 1992 version from American soprano Cheryl Studer. She brings a special trembling intensity to the role.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2008

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor


Joan Sutherland (Lucia), Renato Cioni (Edgardo), Robert Merrill (Enrico), Cesare Siepi (Raimondo)

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome, Sir John Pritchard

Recorded in 1961

Decca Legends - 4676882

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor


Montserrat Caballé (Lucia), José Carreras (Edgardo), Vincenzo Sardinero (Enrico), Samuel Ramey (Raimondo), Claes H. Ahnsjö (Arturo), Ann Murray (Alisa), Vincenzo Bello (Normanno)

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Jesús López-Cóbos

Decca Compact Opera - E4704212

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor


Lina Pagliughi, Giovanni Malipiero, Giuseppe Manacchini, Luciano Neroni, Muzio Giovagnoli, Maria Vinciguerra, Armondo Giannotti

Orchestra and Chorus of the Italian Broadcasting Authority, Ugo Tansini

Naxos Historical Great Opera Recordings - 8110150-51

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor


Désirée Rancatore, Roberto De Biasio, Luca Grassi & Enrico Giuseppe Iori

Orchestra and Chorus of Bergamo Musica Festival Gaetano Donizetti, Antonino Fogliani (conductor) & Francesco Esposito (director)

In July 1835 Donizetti was to have staged the first of the three new operas for which he had signed a contract with the management of the San Carlo theatre; but things, as so often happens in the world of opera, did not work out as the composer had intended. The subject - Walter Scott’s The Bride of Lammermoor - had long since been chosen but the direction had not provided for having the libretto written so that it could be read and approved by the censor by the beginning of March, four months before the scheduled date of the première, as the contract stipulated. At the end of May, at the composer’s urgent bidding, the writing of the libretto was entrusted to Salvatore Cammarano, destined to become one of the composer’s favourite working partners: yet the date of the première, inevitably, had to be postponed. After many problems, Lucia di Lammermoor was at last staged on the evening of 26th September 1835. Its success went beyond even the most optimistic of expectations. The press too, in recording the authentic triumph of the opera, was generous in its praise. Reports of the time highlight one fact: what triumphed on the evening of 26th September 1835 was above all Donizetti’s music, not the singers, excellent and ”in the parts” as they were. In that memorable evening everybody realised that Donizetti had created an opera of such musical quality and novelty of invention as he had never before attained, capable of communicating its values with truly unique immediacy and emotive strength. Désirée Rancatore, here debuting in the title role, proves to be more than equal to the task.

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor


Anna Moffo (Lucia), Lajos Kozma (Edgardo), Giulio Fioravanti (Enrico), Pietro di Vietri (Arturo)

The RAI Chorus and Rome Symphony Orchestra, Carlo Felice Cillario

Directed by Mario Lanfranchi

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor


Renata Scotto (Lucia), Carlo Bergonzi (Edgardo), Mario Zanasi (Enrico), Plinio Clabassi (Raimondo), Angelo Marchiandi (Arturo), Mirella Fiorentini (Alisa), Giuseppe Baratti (Normanno)

NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus, Bruno Bartoletti

Subtitles in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Color, 138 minutes.

DVD Bonus: The Finale of the Garden Scene from Gounod’s Faust starring Alfredo Kraus, Renata Scotto, and Nicolai Ghiaurov.

Recorded live in Tokyo in September 1967

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