The Dallas Opera in partnership with the AT&T Performing Arts Center invited the DFW Metroplex to enjoy Donizetti’s masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor during the “Tragic Obsessions” Season’s opening night. The weather was perfect and hundreds of opera fans gathered at the “Plazacast@theCenter” in front of the Winspear Opera House to attend the TDO company’s second free public simulcast.
Guests brought their picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoyed the red-carpet fashions. The group watched Lucia di Lammermoor on a gigantic screen with the skyline of Dallas as a backdrop. The ticket holders mingled outside and inside of the Winspear enjoying the fall weather and good company, while others attended a pre-performance reception in Hamon Hall. Most resisted going inside until the five-minute call to enter the marvelous Margaret McDermott performance Hall. The simulcast brought the exciting live performance to the plaza outside.
“I knew before I landed the job in Dallas,” says Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny, “that if appointed to take the helm of the company, I would make certain that we utilized all the latest technologies—including simulcasts—to ensure equal access to the opera experience for every man, woman and child.” Cerny continues, “Although our tickets are priced to suit any budget, some people are reluctant to commit their hard-earned cash without knowing whether it’s the kind of experience they’re likely to enjoy. Events like The Plazacast at the Center allow them to make that discovery—and it costs nothing more than a few hours of their time.”
Lucia di Lammermoor is a tragic love story based on a 19th century Scottish romance by Sir Walter Scott. The opera written in 1835, is a bel canto style that requires awe-inspiring vocal virtuosity. The plot involves the political power struggles in Scotland where women are voiceless pawns. The heroine Lucia, tricked by her brother into casting away her lover and marrying Lord Arturo, suffers a breakdown. One of the most famous scenes in opera is the “mad scene” where Lucia descends the staircase after murdering Arturo on their wedding night. Carrying a knife, wearing a bloodstained gown, Lucia is delusional as she wanders around the stage. Another famous scene is the exquisite flute duet cadenza between Lucia and a master flautist.
Romanian soprano Elena Mosuc in the title role as Lucia, has an elegant soaring voice with a pure tone. Mosuc’s vulnerable and memorable performance lives up to her reputation as one of the top artists in opera today. Bryan Hymel, an exciting young tenor with a beautiful voice and nuanced acting abilities, convincingly plays her brokenhearted lover Edgardo. The dynamic lyrical baritone Luca Grassi is a strong and menacing Lord Enrico Ashton and commands attention in every scene.
The Dallas Opera
Remaining performances of Lucia di Lammermoor are on October 26, 29 and November 6, 2011 (matinee).
The Dallas Opera and Dallas Children’s Theater join forces