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Ailyn Pérez as Violetta in La traviata © Neil Gillespie/ROH 2012

Ailyn Pérez as Violetta in La traviata © Neil Gillespie/ROH 2012

Literature has long provided composers with inspiration.

Walter Scott’s The Bride of Lammermoor and Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor

With its story of family feuds and romantic rivalry, The Bride of Lammermoor is particularly appropriate for opera. Donizetti and his librettist Cammarano streamlined the drama, omitting complicated subplots, political references and many of the characters (such as Lucy’s tyrannical mother) to focus on the lovers Lucia and Edgardo. Donizetti heightened Lucia’s plight by writing her an extended mad scene in Act III (not included in Scott’s version), and provided Edgardo with a suitably operatic suicide, rather than Scott’s ignominious fall into quicksand. Full story.

Kate Hopkins (Royal Opera House) / April 23, 2014

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