Notes & Reviews:
Diana Damrau, who first sang the title role of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and "immediately made it her own, with a combination of splendid vocalism and keen dramatic insight" (Associated Press). Five years later, in July 2013, she brought her interpretation of the archetypal bel canto heroine to her native Bavaria under the baton of Jesús López-Cobos, where she was greeted with rapture. In this live recording from Munich's Philharmonie Gasteig, she is joined by two splendid singers: Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja as her lover Edgardo, and baritone Ludovic Tézier as her brother Enrico.
BBC Music Magazine, January 2015
Damrau seizes hold of the text and is expressive and imaginative with her vocalism, even if she lacks an ideal richness of tone to quite achieve classic status. She's slightly outgunned by Calleja, whose highly distinctive voice allows him to be ardent and eager; he shapes his lines with firm and sound artistic intentions.
The Times, 19th December 2014
Damrau creates her own Lucia, precise and detailed enough in technique to keep the consonants crisp and rolling even when the doomed character is most unhinged, yet still able to tingle spines with her crazed vocal pyrotechnics...With Joseph Calleja's Edgardo you feel his dark charisma the moment he enters...TTzier's strapping baritone serves him well as the villainous Enrico.
Recording information: Philharmonie am Gasteig, Munich (2013-07-01&2013-07-04&2013-).
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Works DetailsDonizetti, Gaetano : Lucia di Lammermoor
- Performer: Andrew Meyer
- Conductor: Jesús López-Cobos
- Ensemble: Munich Opera Choir
- Notes: Philharmonie am Gasteig, Munich (2013-07-01&2013-07-04&2013-)
- Running Time: 76 min. 46 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1835