An iconic work for Australia, this is the opera which made Dame Joan Sutherland famous, in the production she made her own. The traditional setting of this opera is much loved by opera audiences. This season is cast with a new generation of Australian singers led by Emma Pearson in the title role.
An original production by Opera Australia
Sung in Italian with English Surtitles
Two noble Scottish families, the Ashtons and the Ravenswoods, are sworn enemies. Enrico Ashton, who is almost bankrupt, has arranged for Arturo to marry his sister, Lucia, who is in love with Edgardo Ravenswood.
Ashton’s servants search the castle for an intruder, while Lucia waits for Edgardo in the garden. Edgardo tells Lucia he must leave for France, but first hopes to make peace with Enrico so that he may marry Lucia. They exchange rings.
Enrico decides Lucia must marry Arturo at once. He knows she will resist, so he shows her a forged letter suggesting Edgardo’s unfaithfulness. Lucia is crushed. Arturo and the stunned Lucia sign the marriage contract. Edgardo suddenly arrives and discovers Lucia’s signature on the marriage contract. He curses her, and throws his ring to the floor.
Arturo and Lucia have retired to the bridal chamber. Raimondo interrupts the festivities in the Great Hall and announces that Lucia has stabbed her husband to death. Lucia enters, smeared with blood. She collapses and is carried away. Outside the castle, Edgardo learns that Lucia has died, and stabs himself, hoping to be united in death with Lucia.
2 hours and 40 minutes including two intervals
Aldo Di Toro
West Australian Opera Chorus
West Australian Symphony Orchestra