Women on the Verge

From Mozart to Donizetti to Verdi, mad scenes abound in the operatic repertoire—none more memorable than the title heroine’s extended descent into insanity in Lucia di Lammermoor. Discover some of the great divas (including Diana Damrau, pictured above) who have thrilled and terrified Met audiences with their mad scenes over the past 60 years.

 

1961 Joan Sutherland.jpgJoan Sutherland in the title role of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, 1961

Scotto, Renata Lady Macbeth Macbeth mad scene 3 Klotz.jpgRenata Scotto as Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s Macbeth, 1984

Idomeneo Carol Vaness Elettra Winnie Klotz.jpgCarol Vaness as Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo, 1991

Netrebko as Elvira_6720.JPGAnna Netrebko as Elvira in Bellini’s I Puritani, 2006

_MG_1910.jpgNatalie Dessay in the title role of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, 2007

MACBETH Guleghina as Lady Macbeth_0353.jpgMaria Guleghina as Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s Macbeth, 2008

HAMLET Petersen as Ophélie_3012.jpgMarlis Petersen as Ophélie in Thomas’s Hamlet, 2010