Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Luciano Pavarotti

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The death of Bellini and retirement of Rossini and left a gap in the Italian opera market for Donizetti to exploit, and exploit it he certainly did. Capitalising on a trend of intrigue with all things Caledonian, he adapted Walter Scott's 'Bride of Lammermoor' for the European stage, offering audiences romantic intrigue and family drama along with his beautifully scored music. Joan Sutherland - who was instrumental in reviving the opera in the years after World War 2 - was performing 'Lucia' in Florida in 1965 when she recommended a young Pavarotti as a last-minute replacement for an indisposed tenor. She subsequently had a long and successful professional association with him - often under Richard Bonynge's direction - in the years before he was catapulted to global superstardom as part of The Three Tenors. Their rendition of Lucia and Edgaro's tragic tale on this 1971 studio recording is a favourite of opera fans for its freshness, emotion, and meticulous attention to detail. read more



    Record Label

    Decca Music Group Ltd.




    16 July 1971

    Recording location

    Kingsway Hall, London


    Christopher Raeburn

    Balance Engineer

    James Lock

    Balance Engineer

    Kenneth Wilkinson