Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti’s tragic masterpiece, is an archetype of 19th Century romantic opera. In the foggy atmosphere of Medieval Scotland, the pure and passionate love between Lucia and Edgardo emerges – a love like that of Romeo and Juliette, which was too beautiful to last and too dangerous for their families. After being torn from her true love, Lucia is forced to marry Arturo Bucklaw for political reasons. Betrayed, hurt, and stripped of her reason for living, she loses her mind in the famous “mad scene”, which is a supreme challenge for any soprano who dares to tackle the role and a much anticipated delight for audiences. The scene is the climax of the opera – a bloody, graphic ritual wrapped in heavenly bel canto music. It’s a perfect opera for the Halloween season!