Donizetti - Lucia di Lammermoor (Blu-ray)
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Cat No: 9029579202
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 6th October 2017
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
At London’s Royal Opera House, the British award-winning director Katie Mitchell – whose Aix-en-Provence production of Handel’s Alcina was released on DVD by Erato in 2016 – took a revisionist approach to the drama, updating the action to the mid-19th century and applying a feminist slant as she added new and unexpected elements. The Financial Times wrote: “Mitchell shows us on stage personal traumas that a self-respecting woman in the early 19th century was meant to keep to herself. It is a messy, bloody list — nocturnal sex trysts, a knife murder, a miscarriage, a suicide in the bath … In all this Damrau is brilliantly convincing. Her rebellious Lucia is a woman of modern attitudes stuck in a still feudal Victorian world.” Mitchell also made extensive use of a ‘split screen’ effect on the stage, counterpointing two different pieces of action at key moments.
- Introduction to Lucia di Lammermoor
- The sound of madness: The glass harmonica in Lucia di Lammermoor
Stage director: Katie Mitchell
Designer: Vicki Mortimer
Lighting designer: Jon Clark
Movement director: Joseph Alford
Running time: 123 min. approx. (opera) + 15 min. (bonus)
Languages: Sung in Italian
Subtitles: Italian, French, German, English, Spanish
Audio specs: Stereo LPCM 2.0 / Dolby Digital 5.1, NTSC
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