Operagasm Review Rundown: LA Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor
by Christie Connolley
According to Chris Pasles with the Los Angeles Times the LA Opera’s production of Lucia di Lamermoor is spec-tac-u-lar! Check out the details in the Operagasm Review Rundown!
Ummm, this guy should stop writing reviews and start writing novels: ”Unveiled Saturday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Donizetti’s hair-trigger emotional extravaganza swept away all resistance in its gorgeous bel canto flights of drama and lyricism.”
I woke up like this – Flawless!: ”In the title role, Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova was hardly a stereotypically frail dramatic pushover. She was a dominant force, first among a cast of equals, as she reined in her power to skillfully delineate Lucia’s increasing isolation and mental decline, seeming as fresh vocally in her climactic 16-minute mad scene as she was at the beginning of the opera. Perhaps she could have gone on for another virtuosic quarter-hour. She earned the thunderous ovation she got at its end.”
Everyone loves a group of tender men, no?: “ The L.A. Opera Chorus, prepared by Grant Gershon, was bold and forceful, but also, in the men’s announcement of Lucia’s imminent death to Edgardo (in one of those heaven-sent Donizetti moments), tender.”