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In 17th century Scotland, innocent Lucia falls in love with her clan’s enemy. Forced by her brother into an arranged marriage to save the family from financial and political ruin, the distraught girl murders her husband on their wedding night. Donizetti’s Gothic masterpiece, based on Sir Water Scott’s The Bride of Lammermoor, is filled with thrilling vocal fireworks, including the glorious Sextet and opera’s greatest Mad Scene, which has made sopranos into legends!


Performed at the Tennessee Theatre in Italian with projected English translations.
Opera previews hosted by Maestro Salesky begin 45 minutes prior to each performance.

Knoxville Opera
Box Office
612 East Depot Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-524-0795 ext. 1
Box Office is open Monday – Friday, 9:30 – 5:30.
Single tickets may be purchased beginning August 27, 2018  in person, by phone, or online.
Subscriptions may be purchased August 1, 2018 – February 15, 2019 either at the Box Office or by phone.
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Meet the Director


Brian Deedrick
Stage Director

Knoxville Opera is delighted to welcome back international stage director BRIAN DEEDRICK following his very successful Knoxville productions of Die FledermausThe Elixir of Love, Mefistofele, The Pirates of Penzance, La Bohème, and Maria Stuarda. As a freelance opera and theatre director, his work takes him all over Canada and the United States, with occasional forays as far afield as Casalmaggiore, Italy and Tel Aviv. During his years as Artistic Director of Edmonton Opera, some of his favorite productions there include FidelioOtelloJulius CaesarFalstaffWeill in WeimarThe Emperor of AtlantisThe Abduction from the Seraglio, and South Pacific. Selected freelance opera credits have included Turandot and Aïda for Fort Worth Opera, Don Giovanni for Austin Lyric Opera, Otello and La Bohème for L’Opéra de Québec, Eugene Onegin and Tosca for Opera Carolina, The Flying Dutchman for Baltimore Opera, L’Elisir d’amore and The Pearl Fishers for Arizona Opera and The Merry Widow and Don Pasquale in Honolulu. Mr. Deedrick’s most recent projects have included La Bohème in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Candide in Edmonton. Upcoming productions include The Threepenny Opera for Studio Theatre, Lucia di Lammermoor for Edmonton Opera, Dead Man Walking for Opera Nuova, and Aïda for Austin Lyric Opera. When not directing, the Canadian native works as a city tour guide in Berlin, Germany.

 

Meet the Cast

Meryl Dominguez
Lucia

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
U.S. Opera Companies: Santa Fe Opera, Academy of Vocal Arts Opera, Oberlin Opera Theatre

U.S. Orchestras: Riverside Symphonia, Sergio Franchi Foundation Gala
Website: www.meryldominguez.com

Aaron Short
Edgardo

Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri
Foreign Opera: Lyric Opera Studio Weimar
U.S. Opera: Knoxville Opera (Gala Concert), Santa Fe Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera, Florentine Opera, Portland Opera, Nashville Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Portland Concert Opera, DuPage Opera Theatre, Opera Theatre Oregon

U.S. Orchestras: Racine Symphony, Northwest Indiana Symphony
Website: www.tenoraaronshort.com

Michael Adams
Enrico

Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas
Foreign Opera: Deutsche Oper Berlin, Grand Theatre de Geneve (Switzerland), Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona)

U.S. Opera: Washington National Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Utah Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Seagle Music Colony, Janiec Opera
U.S. Orchestra: Ft. Worth Symphony
Website:  www.michaeladamsbaritone.com

David Crawford
Raimondo

Birthplace: Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Foreign Opera: Ozawa Music Academy Opera (Japan)

Foreign Festival: Wexford Festival (Ireland)
U.S. Opera: Metropolitan Opera, Atlanta Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Chautauqua Opera
U.S. Orchestras: Knoxville Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, New England Symphonic Ensemble
Website: www.ada-artists.com/bass-baritone-david-crawford

Synopsis

The action takes place on the Ravenswood estate in the Lammermoor Hills of Scotland at the end of the 17th century.  Lord Enrico Ashton, now in possession of the estate of his hereditary enemy, Edgardo of Ravenswood, finds his own family’s future in political danger.

Act 1, Scene 1:  A garden near the castle.   Enrico’s guard searches for a rumored trespasser on the castle grounds. Enrico, accompanied by his sister Lucia’s tutor, Raimondo, appears in a fit of anger because Lucia will not agree to marry Arturo (a marriage which could save the family’s fortune). Enrico becomes further enraged when he learns that Lucia has been secretly meeting with a stranger who had once saved her life. When the stranger is identified as Edgardo, Enrico ignores Raimondo’s pleas and swears vengeance on both Edgardo and Lucia.

Act 1, Scene 2:  A park near the castle.   Lucia anxiously awaits a rendezvous with Edgardo. She tells her companion Alisa about the ghost of a young girl, slain long ago by the Ravenswoods, who haunts the fountain in the park. The ghost has warned her of a tragic end to her love for Edgardo. This omen increases her fear of her brother’s retribution. When Edgardo arrives he tells her he must go on a political mission to France, but before he leaves he wants to tell Enrico of their love and end the family feud. Lucia convinces Edgardo to keep their love a secret.  They pledge their faith in one another and Lucia gives Edgardo a ring as a token of trust.

Act 2, Scene 1:  Enrico’s room in the castle.   Although preparations for the nuptials of Lucia and Arturo are under way, she has still not agreed to the marriage. Enrico shows Lucia a letter he has forged from Edgardo to prove Edgardo’s infidelity. When that does not change her mind, he explains the Ashtons’ imminent political ruin, which can only be saved by her marriage to Arturo. Lucia still refuses to cooperate and prays for her own death.

 Act 2, Scene 2:  A hall in the castle.   Guests have gathered to witness the marriage of the two families. Arturo pledges his loyalty to the Ashtons and Enrico reassures him that Lucia’s hesitancy is due to her mourning her deceased mother. After Arturo and Lucia sign the marriage contract, Edgardo bursts in. He accuses Lucia of being unfaithful, while the others proclaim their pity for Lucia and the parts they have played in causing her such unhappiness.  Raimondo restrains Edgardo from attacking Enrico and shows him the signed contract. Cursing Lucia, Edgardo throws at her the ring she had given him and departs.

 Act 3, Scene 1:  A hall in the castle.  Although the wedding couple have retired for the night, the guests are still celebrating. Abruptly, a horrified Raimondo announces that Lucia has gone mad under the strain of the forced marriage and has murdered her husband. Lucia appears, disheveled, bloodstained, and raving, the embodiment of the apparition she herself had witnessed some time before. She gives a macabre description of her imagined wedding to Edgardo. Praying to die with him, Lucia collapses.

Act 3, Scene 2:  The Ravenswood graveyard.   Among the tombs of his ancestors, the distraught Edgardo contemplates ending his life. When Raimondo informs him that Lucia has murdered Arturo and is now dead herself, Edgardo prays to join Lucia in heaven and takes his own life.