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Lucia di Lammermoor

The English, in trying to colonize vast territories around the world, often started by subjugating the indigenous peoples and then doling out large tracts of land to their  own people who would, often using indigenous or slave labor, work the land and become very wealthy, these wealthy landowners eventually coming to see themselves less as Englishmen, and more as natives of their adopted lands. This process worked very well in places like India, Africa and the Americas, where the indigenous peoples were not organized into a unified force, but less well in places like Scotland and Ireland which had already become catholicised and extremely well organized. It was this very struggle that grips Scotland in the setting of Sir Walter Scott’s novel, “The Bride of Lammermoor” upon which this opera is based. And nowhere, nowadays, is aftermath of this struggle felt as keenly as it is in Northern Ireland. And it is for this reason that, in this production, the action has been reset to the Northern Ireland of the early 20th century. A time when, as now, men and their families risked and ventured all for the continuance of their way of life and livelihood. “It moves the opera from our rather stilted and ‘courtish’ view of the Scotland of the 16th century,” according to Artistic Director Ron De Fesi, “to the much more realistic, violent and visceral world that we know today as Northern Ireland.”

 

Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm

The First Presbyterian Church of Monroe

142 Stage Road, Monroe, NY

 

~ THE CAST ~

Lucia, Ashley Fabian, soprano

Alisa, Ema Mitrović, mezzo-soprano

Edgardo, WooYoung Yoon, tenor

Enrico, Mason Jarboe, baritone

Raimondo, Nicholas Kilkenny, bass

Normano, Justin Scott Randolph, tenor

Arturo, Jordan Weatherston Pitts, tenor

 

HUDSON OPERA THEATRE

CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA

performing in-the-round

 

Ron De Fesi conducts and directs.

 

$40 / Students $20 / Under 10 Free

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