The Dallas Opera’s season opener 'Lucia di Lammermoor' features Romanian soprano Elena Mosuc in the title role. Famous for her pure tone coloratura voice and the ease of her high notes, Mosuc immediately captures her audience in Donizetti’s thrilling masterpiece. The character Lucia possesses Mosuc. In this tragic obsession opera, Lucia Ashton falls in love with her family’s enemy Sir Edgardo played by tenor Bryan Hymel.
Lucia’s maniacal brother Lord Enrico Ashton (baritone Luca Grassi) plans her wedding to Lord Arturo (tenor Aaron Blake) in order to prop up the family’s crumbling estate. Luca Grassi plays Lucia’s Machiavellian brother brilliantly and deceives his sister into believing her lover Edgardo is unfaithful. In the end, Enrico is the downfall of both his family, the groom Arturo and Edgardo.
Performing one of the most famous scenes in opera while conquering Donizetti’s difficult arias is almost an inhuman feat. Only the best in the world can fully realize the “mad scene” that sends chills down audiences’ spines. Mosuc is one of the world’s best and the Winspear was deadly quiet as Lucia descends the staircase with her bloody knife after murdering Arturo. Mosuc’s subtle portrayal of a frail delusional woman unable to comprehend her act of violence is masterful.
In his Dallas Opera debut Bryan Hymel playing Lucia’s ill-fated lover also possesses keen acting talent. From his love scenes to his anger over Lucia’s deception and his tragic ending, Hymel is believable. His tenor voice is bright, beautiful and emotional. His voice compliments Mosuc’s instrument and their scenes are musically rich.
With one of the finest conductors and orchestras in the U.S. and an excellent chorus that compliments the future and international opera stars, the TDO remains of the finest performing arts companies in the country. 'Lucia di Lammermoor' is a fully realized production with a delightful chorus (chorus master Alexander Rom) and strong orchestra directed by Graeme Jenkins. The luscious sets and costumes further enhance this classic opera.
For the past few years the Dallas Opera has taken creative risks further establishing it as one of the top opera companies in the U.S. The Dallas Opera produced the critically acclaimed world premiere of Moby Dick in 2010. In 2011 they produced the grand opera 'Boris Godunov' with bass Mikhail Kazakov in the title role. 'Boris Godunov' received rave reviews. The 2010-2011 season introduced Dallas to notable international stars and gifted young talents already making a splash in the opera world. This season promises to be as exciting.
The Dallas Opera ticket information
Final performance of Lucia di Lammermoor on Sunday, November 6 (matinee at 2 p.m.)
Tragic Obsessions Season:
Lucia di Lammermoor
Tristan & Isolde
New Chamber Opera Series: The Lighthouse
The Magic Flute