Lucia di Lammermoor with Lissette Oropesa at Royal Opera House
Opening night for Lucia di Lammermoor at the Royal Opera House. Role debut for Lissette Oropesa in the second staging of Katie Mitchell production.
Michele Mariotti is the conductor for this run of Donizetti masterpiece. He does a very energetic conducting although sometimes he tries to bring up some random details of the score. Anyway it was quite fine.
I liked Katie Mitchell production. It presents two simultaneous views: the main action and what is supposed to be happening off scene. Even if it is a little bit too much overexplaining and an easy way to tell about any drama additions (like Lucia being pregnant and so) it worked well. The best example of this is that I brought a friend to his first opera and he understood it.
Lissette Oropesa was terrific. Seriously, she is going to be quite a reference for this role. Castronovo as Edgardo focused more on the virile side of the role, not so lyrical and a little bit away from belcanto but without falling into any verismo.