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Family Feuds, Illicit Love, and a Duel

Reprising music on campus: Lucia di Lammermoor at the BU Theatre Mainstage


In the slide show above Opera Institute Director Sharon Daniels talks about Lucia di Lammermoor.

Celebrating the belief that it is musicians, as much as ballplayers, who really know the score, our musical coverage over the past school year ranged across multiple octaves of style, personality, and performance. This week, we’re reprising a handful of those offerings: literary encores.

The story of Lucia di Lammermoor unfolds on the moors of 17th-century Scotland, where a beautiful young women is tricked into giving her hand in marriage to a man she can never love. First presented in Naples in 1835, Donizetti’s classic tragedy remains one of the world’s most popular bel canto (the Italian vocal style of the 18th and early 19th centuries) operas. And why not? The plot includes a family feud, a passionate, illicit love affair, and a duel of honor.

This performance, a collaboration between the College of Fine Arts school of music and school of theatre and the Opera Institute, is conducted by William Lumpkin, a CFA associate professor. Sharon Daniels, a CFA associate professor and director of the Opera Institute, is the stage director. Music is by Gaetano Donizetti and libretto by Salvatore Cammarano.

Art Jahnke can be reached at jahnke@bu.edu.

This story originally ran April 16, 2009.

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