Bad boys go head to head: Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Grimeborn

Lucia di Lammermoor is an opera of shocking brutality, with savage emotional aggression rivalling physical violence throughout its fast-paced plot. Fulham Opera’s reduction for Grimeborn brings Donizetti’s dark, doomed characters to vivid life with some glorious principal singers, supported by a dramatic piano accompaniment from Ben Woodward. Foremost is Alberto Sousa’s passionate, difficult Edgardo, a…

Norwich Opera Club: Mary Stuart, Donizetti

Tonight’s programme: a screening of Donizetti’s Mary Stuart (DVD presented by Greta Solly). Norwich Opera Club is a sociable, informal gathering of opera enthusiasts. The Club doesn’t produce performances, so you don’t need to be able to sing.  You may want to learn more, you may want to share your expertise or you may simply want…

L’Elisir d’Amore, Donizetti, CUOS

This year’s Cambridge University Opera Society main show brings Donizetti’s sparkling comedy L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love) to West Road Concert Hall. Sung in Italian (with English surtitles), and with full orchestra and chorus, this stars many of the University’s finest singers, including Anna Wagner, Henry Websdale, Olivia Brett, Louis Wilson and James Quilligan, under the…

MET Opera Screening: L’Elisir d’Amore, Donizetti

The poor country boy Nemorino is in love with Adina, a confident landowner, but she is way out of his league – financially and otherwise. But when he buys a “love potion” from a travelling quack, the results are rather more than he bargained for. Charmingly staged by Bartlett Sher, Donizetti’s beloved masterpiece combines deft…

Gradually going flat: Lucia di Lammermoor at Buxton Opera Festival

Among the great mad scenes available to an operatic soprano, Lucia di Lammermoor is a classic. The parade of blood-stained divas staggering across stages to Donizetti’s eerie, twirling melody includes some of the greatest in history, notably Callas herself. I should also admit a personal interest in the work: the novel that inspired it, The…

Save room for seconds: I pazzi per progetto & The Dancing Master

In this double bill, we get a violently enthusiastic little farce from Donizetti which, though fiery, is definitely not his best work; but next, we are treated to the revival of a brilliant, beautiful one-act opera by Malcolm Arnold, which is so good that you can’t understand why it isn’t performed more often. I pazzi…