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Lucia di Lammermoor


Première at the Göteborg Opera on April 2 at 6 pm

The Göteborg Opera will perform its first ever Donizetti opera: Lucia di Lammermoor. This critically acclaimed production is from the English National Opera and the challenging title role will be sung by Kerstin Avemo.

The opera tells the tragic story of young Lucia, who is married off against her will by her manipulative brother. The forced marriage leads to disastrous consequence for everyone involved. The famous Mad Scene sees Lucia - portrayed by Kerstin Avemo in the Göteborg Opera production – sing one of the most famous and technically challenging coloratura soprano arias known to the opera world. The eeriness of the setting is further enhanced by the timbre of the unusual instrument glass harmonica. It will be the first time that the glass harmonica is used for a production of Lucia di Lammermoor at a Nordic opera house - normally the instrument is replaced by a flute. Only a few people in the world can play the glass harmonica and for the Göteborg Opera production Sascha Reckert and Philipp Alexander Marguerre will alternate. This production premièred at the English National Opera in London in 2008 and was such a resounding success that it was performed again in 2010. ”Brilliant” said The Sunday Telegraph; ”An enthralling performance, the best ENO has done for ages” said The Telegraph; and ”The most convincing Lucia di Lammermoor I've ever seen” said Opera Now. Directing will be the experienced David Allen, assisted by Ian Rutherford for the Göteborg Opera production. Göteborg Opera First Guest Conductor Giancarlo Andretta will lead the orchestra.

Kerstin Avemo has established herself as a coloratura soprano in much demand internationally. Her interpretation of the title role in Alban Berg's Lulu at the Göteborg Opera was awarded both the Opera Award by Svenska Dagbladet and the Opera Magazine Award. Edgardo will be portrayed by tenor Bülent Bezdüz, whose most recent performance at the Göteborg Opera was as Rodolfo in La Bohème. Enrico will be sung by Mats Persson. Other roles will be performed by Anders Lorentzson, Tomas Lind, Mattias Ermedahl and Erika Sax.

For review tickets to the première on Saturday April 2 at 6 pm, please contact Anita Manskog at anita.manskog@opera.se or on 031-10 80 34.

The performance will last for approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes, including a break. Media images will be available on opera.se/press from March 30.

Please contact the below to book interviews with the performers.

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