Met Opera on Demand Catalog
Lucia di Lammermoor
(Nov. 13, 1982)
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Librettist: Salvadore Cammarano
Bonynge; Sutherland, Kraus, Elvira, Plishka
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 16 min.
This telecast offers a rare opportunity to see the legendary Joan Sutherland in the role that first catapulted her to international stardom. She drove audiences wild by the way her opulent voice caressed the music’s long phrases and sprinted effortlessly through the fiendish runs, trills, embellishments and stratospheric high notes. One of the glories of the operatic world, her portrayal of Donizetti’s hapless heroine is a multifaceted and moving characterization. The incomparable tenor Alfredo Kraus is Edgardo, the man Lucia loves but cannot have.