**Special Wedding Vow Renewal Information**
Want to renew your wedding vows on stage at the Tennessee Theatre? Right before the performances of Lucia di Lammermoor on February 22 and 24, at the magnificent Tennessee Theatre, Judge John R. Rosson, Jr. will be presiding over a wedding vow renewal ceremony on stage! To participate, you MUST email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. Couples not on the RSVP list will not be allowed to participate. Wedding vow renewal AND a fabulous show all in the grandeur of the Tennessee Theatre?
What's not to love?
In 16th 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.
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Single tickets may be purchased beginning August 27, 2018 in person, by phone, or online by clicking HERE.
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
Meet the Cast
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
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
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
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
Birthplace: Greeneville, Tennessee
U.S. Opera: University of Tennessee Opera Theatre, Janiec Opera Company
U.S. Orchestra: Brevard Music Center Orchestra
Birthplace: Papillion, Nebraska
U.S. Opera: Knoxville Opera (Gianni Schicchi), Utah Opera and Utah Lyric Opera
U.S. Orchestra and Festival: Utah Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlantic Music Festival
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.