Lucia di Lammermoor
Composer Gaetano Donizetti
Librettist Salvadore Cammarano
Conductor Carlo Montanaro
Director Shawna Lucey *
Approximate running time is 2 hours, 40 minutes with two intermissions.
Come for the wedding. Stay for the funeral.
Despite ominous premonitions, young Lucia stokes the fire of a forbidden love with her brother’s greatest political enemy. But with her once-wealthy family on the brink of bankruptcy, she is forced to do her familial duty and marry the head of a rival family. Convinced by her ambitious brother that her true love has been unfaithful, she signs the marriage contract. When her former flame finds out, he flips out. And that’s when the wedding cake hits the finials.
With tragedy rivaling Romeo and Juliet, and violence reminiscent of Psycho, a day that began with a wedding march now ends with a funeral procession. And a little club soda will NOT get this out.
UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD: Lucia di Lammermoor will be sung in Italian, with English subtitles.
Lucia – Sarah Coburn
Soprano Sarah Coburn returns to Lyric Opera in Lucia di Lammermoor, last seen here as Adina in The Elixir of Love (2003). Recent engagements include Rosina in The Barber of Seville and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Tulsa Opera; Marie in Daughter of the Regiment with Opera Carolina; Adèle in Le comte Ory and Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos at Seattle Opera; Konstanze in The Abduction from the Seraglio at Atlanta Opera; the title role in Manon with Opera Santa Barbara; the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor with Washington National Opera, Tulsa Opera and Utah Opera; Gilda in Rigoletto with Welsh National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Cincinnati Opera; and Giulietta in The Capulets and the Montagues with The Glimmerglass Festival.
Edgardo – Evan LeRoy Johnson *
Tenor Evan LeRoy Johnson debuts with Lyric Opera in Lucia di Lammermoor. Recent engagements include debuts as Cassio in Otello at Bayerische Staatsoper and at Oper Frankfurt as Don José in Carmen; Tamino in The Magic Flute at Chautauqua Institute; Rodolfo in La bohème and Narraboth in Salome at Opera Philadelphia; The Prince in Rusalka at Glyndebourne Festival and Des Moines Metro Opera; and Malcolm in Macbeth at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Other appearances include Steuermann in a concert performance of The Flying Dutchman with the Milwaukee Symphony, and soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with Columbus Symphony and in Britten’s War Requiem at Norwegian National Opera.
Enrico – Troy Cook
Baritone Troy Cook returns to Lyric Opera, most recently seen here as Father in Hansel and Gretel (2016). Recent engagements include debuts as Ford in Falstaff with Hamburgische Staatsoper and with Royal Opera Covent Garden as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte; Germont in La traviata at Central City Opera; Young Galileo in Galileo Galilei at Des Moines Metro Opera; Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor at Opera Philadelphia and Florida Grand Opera; Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Washington National Opera and Utah Opera; Marcello in La bohème with Opera Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Opera and Syracuse Opera; and Father Palmer in Silent Night with Minnesota Opera, Atlanta Opera, and Austin Opera.
Raimondo – Adam Lau
Bass Adam Lau returns to Lyric Opera, last seen here as Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro (2016). Recent engagements include Creon in Medea at Wexford Festival; Basilio in The Barber of Seville with Kentucky Opera and North Carolina Opera; Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte with Opera Naples; The Speaker in The Magic Flute at Seattle Opera; Donner in Das Rheingold and the Old Hebrew in Samson et Dalila with North Carolina Opera. Concert appearances include Handel’s Messiah with Musica Sacra at Carnegie Hall; Mozart’s Requiem with the San Diego Symphony; Verdi’s Requiem with South Bend Symphony, and Haydn’s Creation with Symphony Silicon Valley.
Alisa – Kelly Birch
Kelly Birch returns to Lyric Opera after performing as a Resident Artist for the 2018-19 season. Recent appearances include Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music and Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro at Aspen Music Festival. For Lyric Opera, she appeared as Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly; Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief and Sally in A Hand of Bridge (both part of High Fidelity Opera); she was also seen in the title role of L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Mrs. Jones in Street Scene, and Alto Soloist in Beethoven’s Mass in C Major at Opera Varna (Bulgaria); and Rosmira in Partenope with OperaNEO.
Arturo – Joseph Leppek
Joseph Leppek is a 2019-20 Lyric Opera of Kansas City Resident Artist. Recent appearances for Lyric Opera include the Explorations Series concerts High Fidelity Opera and Mack the Knife is the Man I Love, as well as Glad Hand in West Side Story. He has also appeared as Tony in West Side Story with The Glimmerglass Festival; Mariachi 1 in The Summer King at Michigan Opera Theatre; Mr. Martini in the world premiere of It’s a Wonderful Life at Houston Grand Opera; Giachomo de Wisants in The Siege of Calais at The Glimmerglass Festival; and The Priest in Il Postino with Opera Saratoga.
Other casting to be announced at a later date.
* Lyric Opera Debut
+ LOKC Resident Artist
~ LOKC Apprentice Artist
@ Former LOKC Resident Artist
Conductor Carlo Montanaro *
Director Shawna Lucey *
Costume Designer Phillip Whitcomb for Indiana University
Lighting Designer Michael Clark *
Wig & Makeup Designer David Zimmerman
Chorus Master Piotr Wisniewski
Original production conceived and directed by Jose Maria Condemi for Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music.
* Lyric Opera Debut