Saturday, July 07, 2018
Lucia from Madrid
Conductor: Daniel Oren
Director: David Alden
Lucia: Lisette Oropesa
Edgardo: Javier Camarena
Enrico Ashton: Artur Rucinski
Raimondo Bidebent: Roberto Tagliavini
Lord Arturo Bucklaw: Yijie Shi
Alisa: Marina Pinchuk
Normanno: Alejandro del Cerro
I've never actually seen a live bis in an opera before (they do them all the time in concerts in Italy, usually of something you'd rather not hear again). When I realized what it was, I burst into tears. And an ensemble, the sextet, on top of it. I'm seriously loving this. Everyone is a shit except Lucia. She's already pretty insane before the mad scene. We had a glass harmonica.
I am speaking, of course, of Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor streamed live from Teatro Real Madrid. The set is like your high school gym. There's a radiator. I think the theme is "you'd go nuts too if everyone you knew was this awful." We're doing a play within a play. At the end of the mad scene the chorus claps very slowly. It's not at all like the loud shouting from the real audience. The production does nothing to explain the opera but focuses entirely on the atmosphere.
The singing and for me also the acting were very good. I love Lisette, but she will need to stay light in this role. I came for Lisette and Javier, two of my favorites of the young singers, and they did not disappoint. Javier wears a kilt in this, a first for me.
Lisette has also performed the ROH Lucia which I reviewed with Diana Damrau. This version will be available on OperaVision for a while. If you missed the live stream, watch it now.
I have to add a comment. Lisette's physical training gives her a kind of absolute control over the phrase. It's stunning.