Dutch National Opera presents

Lucia di Lammermoor

This show was to been seen in March 2014

Illicit love, madness and murder


Gaetano Donizetti
Dramma tragico in due parti
Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano
World premiere 26 September 1835, Teatro San Carlo, Napels


Revival (2007/08)
Premiere 14 March 2014

Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti is a highlight of the repertoire known as bel canto. This riveting work boasts one of the most famous ‘mad scenes’ known to opera.

The story

The impoverished lord of Lammermoor, Enrico Ashton, forces his sister Lucia to marry the wealthy Lord Arturo Bucklaw. But she is in love with Edgardo di Ravenswood, a sworn enemy of the Ashtons. Lucia feels so betrayed by her family that she loses her mind and stabs the husband that has been forced on her. She dies of grief, and Edgardo, believing she has betrayed him, commits suicide.

Lucia di Lammermoor - Trailer
© Marc Borggreve
© Marc Borggreve
© Marco Borggreve


Successful production
Monique Wagemaker’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor enjoyed great success at its first staging in 2007. She had long yearned to tackle this work because of the fascinating psychological processes that take place within the characters. The title heroine, who is unable to connect with the real world and descends into madness, is given here a new, modern reading. Additionally, the director feels that the imagery must enhance the musical experience: “Hear with your eyes. And vice versa: See with your ears. That is opera!’

Lucia di Lammermoor Behind the scenes

Team, Cast and Chorus

Carlo Rizzi

Stage Director 
Monique Wagemakers

Set Designer 
Frank Philipp Schlössmann

Costume Designer 
Rien Bekkers

Lighting Designer 
Reinier Tweebeeke †

Klaus Bertisch

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Dutch National Opera Chorus

Chorus Master 
Thomas Eitler

Lord Enrico Asthon  
Marco Caria

Miss Lucia  
Jessica Pratt

Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood  
Ismael Jordi

Lord Arturo Buklaw 
Philippe Talbot

Raimondo Bidebent  
Alastair Miles

Christine Tocci

Erik Slik


Feeling for drama
The bel canto style − literally, ‘beautiful song’ − is unthinkable without impressive coloratura (acrobatic technique). For Donizetti, this style was intended in the first place to serve dramatic expression, the spectacular effects being only of secondary importance. In Lucia di Lammermoor he shows a keen feeling for drama, particularly in depicting Lucia’s hallucinations. The use of a glass harmonica in the accompaniment augments the eerie, otherworldly effect.


Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

The Netherlands’ finest orchestras are invited to accompany DNO productions. Our regular partner is the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. Under former chief conductor Hartmut Haenchen the orchestra cemented its excellent reputation with Der Ring des Nibelungen. In 2014-2015: Gurre-Lieder, Lohengrin, La bohème and Macbeth (Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra); Il viaggio a Reims and Die Zauberflöte (Netherlands Chamber Orchestra).




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The introduction begins 45 minutes before curtain and is held in the foyer of the second balcony. The introduction is free of charge to everyone attending the performance, and amplification is used to enhance audibility. Several days prior to the premiere, the introduction will be made available digitally as a podcast. Check the performance page of the production in question to see if the podcast has already been made available.

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    Wed 22 Jan Het Parool, 2007

    ‘The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra was the engine behind the drama, and played with obvious pleasure.’

    Wed 22 Jan Het Financieele Dagblad, November 2007

    ‘Monique Wagemakers deserves a ten out of ten for the staging, and the designers of the decor, costumes and lighting can share in the praise.’

    Wed 22 Jan De Groene Amsterdammer, 2007

    ‘In Wagemakers’ version, the opera begins with Lucia’s dream sequence. The imagery is sublime and shocking.