Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti, Pretty Yende, Vittorio Grigolo and Michael Fabiano Amongst Star Cast for LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor returns to the Met starring Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti and Pretty Yende as the title character. Vittorio Grigolo and Michael Fabiano share the role of Lucia's lover Edgardo, with Massimo Cavalletti, Luca Salsi, and Quinn Kelsey as Enrico, her villainous brother. Vitalij Kowaljow and Alexander Vinogradov share the role of the chaplain Raimondo. Jessica Pratt will sing the role of Lucia for two performances. Roberto Abbado conducts all performances of the revival of Mary Zimmerman's 2007 production, which runs for 12 performances from March 22 through May 10, 2018.
Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti made her Met debut in 2014 as Elvira in Bellini's I Puritani. She sang the role of Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto in the 2017-18 and 2016-17 seasons at the Met, a role she had previously sung at Zürich Opera, Teatro Real in Madrid, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Paris Opera. Credits with other companies include Marfa in Rimsky-Korsakov's Die Zarenbraut at La Scala, Adina in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Hamburg State Opera, and Donna Fiorilla in Rossini's Il Turco in Italia at the Bavarian State Opera, Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata at the Bolshoi Theatre, and Leïla in Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de Perles at the Berlin State Opera.
Pretty Yende makes her company role debut as the title role of Lucia, a role she has previously sung at the Opéra National de Paris. Earlier this season she was seen as Adina in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore, which was broadcast live around the world as part of The Met: Live in HD series. She made a surprise company debut in 2013 when she stepped in at short notice to sing her first-ever performances of Countess Adèle in Rossini's Le Comte Ory opposite Juan Diego Flórez. Since then she has sung Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Elvira Walton in Bellini's I Puritani, and Juliette in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette.
Vittorio Grigolo makes his company role debut as Edgardo. He was seen earlier this year in his role debut as Cavaradossi in the Met's new production of Puccini's Tosca which was broadcast live around the world as part of The Met: Live in HD series. He made his company debut in 2010 as Rodolfo in La Bohème followed by performances as the Duke in Rigoletto, Nemorino in Donizetti'sL'Elisir d'Amore, Chevalier des Grieux in Massenet's Manon, Roméo in the Met's new production of Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, and the title role of Massenet's Werther. Earlier this season, he sang the title role of Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann.<
Michael Fabiano reprises the role of Edgardo. He made his Met debut in 2010 as Raffaele in Verdi's Stiffelio. Since being named one of the winners of the Met's 2007 National Council Auditions, he has sung Verdi roles including Cassio in Otello, and Giorgio Germont in La Traviata, as well as Alfred in Strauss's Die Fledermaus, and Edgardo in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at the Met. Earlier this season, the American tenor reprised the role of Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème.
Roberto Abbado made his Met debut in 1994 leading Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur. He has also conducted Verdi's Rigoletto, Ernani, and La Traviata, and Giordano's Fedora with the company. Other recent credits include leading Verdi's Lucia di Lammermoor at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Bellini's Norma at Teatro Regio in Turin and Teatro Real in Madrid, and Don Pasquale, Samson et Dalila, and A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia. He is currently the Music Director at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia.
Lucia di Lammermoor Radio Broadcasts
The March 22 performance of Lucia di Lammermoor will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS XM Channel 75, and will also be streamed live on the Met's web site, www.metopera.org.
The April 7 matinee performance will be broadcast live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.
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Photo: A scene from Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor," with Natalie Dessay in the title role. Photo by: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera