Opera in three acts - 1835

Composer Gaetano Donizetti · Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano after Walter Scott's novel "The Bride of Lammermoor"
In italian language with english and german surtitles

Sunday, 20. May 2018
06:00 pm – 09:05 pm

Duration est. 3 hours 05 minutes · 1. + 2. Akt (est. 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm ) · Interval (est. 07:30 pm - 08:00 pm ) · 3. Akt (est. 08:00 pm - 09:05 pm )

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Premiere at 26. January 2015


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Antonino Fogliani
Barbara Wysocka
Set Design
Barbara Hanicka
Costume Design
Julia Kornacka
Andergrand Media + Spektakle
Rainer Casper
Malte Krasting, Daniel Menne
Stellario Fagone

Lord Enrico Ashton
Mariusz Kwiecień
Lucia Ashton
Venera Gimadieva
Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood
Juan Diego Flórez
Lord Arturo Bucklaw
Galeano Salas
Raimondo Bidebent
Mika Kares
Alyona Abramowa
Sergiu Saplacan
  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
  • Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper
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“When great emotions cannot be truthfully expressed, they explode with the power of an atom bomb” (Barbara Wysocka). Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor - the Romeo and Juliet of the Scottish Lowlands so to speak - is far from being a private tragic love story. Rather, it is above all a political tale, which shows how a totalitarian system distorts human relationships at their very core and finally consumes them. The development and extinguishing of unrequited love has provided Donizetti with his most haunting music. Revenge is bloody; madness deadly. And the agony of emotions - according to the Director - “destroys everything and everyone.”


The two noble families of Ravenswood and Ashton have been sworn enemies for a long time. The last of the Ravenswoods, Edgardo, has vowed to have his revenge on Enrico Ashton, whom he holds responsible for the death of his father and the loss of the family home. Meanwhile, however, the Ashtons’ fortunes have also taken a turn for the worse. Enrico can see only one way to retain the family’s political power and wealth and save the Ashton dynasty from ruin: his sister Lucia must marry Lord Arturo Bucklaw. Lucia herself, however, will have nothing to do with this plan. She has fallen in love with Edgardo of all people, who saved her life when she was attacked by a wild bull. Before Edgardo, who returns Lucia’s love, leaves on a mission abroad, the two of them swear they will be eternally faithful.

Lucia’s continued refusal to marry Arturo puts Enrico in a difficult position. He therefore orders Normanno to intercept the letters which Lucia and Edgardo write to each other and to forge a document which would seem to suggest that Edgardo had been unfaithful. Lucia is filled with consternation at the sight of this letter. But only when her tutor, Raimondo, urges her to consent and persuades her that her oath of fidelity to Edgardo is not valid any way as it was not confirmed by a priest does she agree, with resignation, to marry Arturo. Shortly after she has signed the marriage contract, Edgardo returns, to everyone’s surprise. Lucia’s signature is for him such a strong proof of her unfaithfulness that he curses Lucia and the whole of the Ashton family. Lucia collapses.

In order to destroy his deadly enemy at last, Enrico calls on Edgardo the same evening to challenge him to a duel the next morning. Lucia kills Arturo on her wedding night and in her hallucination believes that she and her beloved Edgardo are to be married. The shattered state of her mind weakens her vitality. When Edgardo learns of Lucia’s madness and hears her death knell he kills himself.

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Antonino Fogliani schloss sein Dirigierstudium am Giuseppe-Verdi-Konservatorium in Mailand ab und intensivierte es an der Musikakademie in Siena. 2001 gab er sein Debüt beim Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro mit Il viaggio a Reims. Dirigate führten ihn u. a. an das Teatro alla Scala in Mailand, das Teatro dell’Opera in Rom, das Teatro la Fenice in Venedig, das Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, die Oper Zürich, die Semperoper Dresden sowie an die Theater in St. Gallen, Verona, Parma, Bergamo und Oslo. 2011 wurde er zum Musikdirektor des Wildbad-Festivals ernannt. Als Konzertdirigent war er u. a. mit dem Orchestra Nazionale dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, dem Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo sowie dem Gürzenich-Orchester Köln zu erleben. Seit der Spielzeit 2017/18 ist er als Erster Gastdirigent an der Deutschen Oper am Rhein engagiert. (Stand: 2021)

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