Wednesday, January 29, 2014

LA Opera Talk: Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia Di Lammermoor (“Love is a Madness”)

Sunday, February 16, 2:00 p.m.

If you can’t make it to the Music Center or you’d like to broaden your understanding of Donizetti and his music, come to Crowell Library on February 16 at 2:00 p.m. for this special LA Opera Talk. Community Educator LARRY VERDUGO, who presented the Library’s LA Opera Program on Britten’s Turn of the Screw in 2011 and Billy Budd last month, will reveal some fascinating facts in a multi-media presentation in the Library’s Barth Community Room. The program is free and open to all opera aficionados and first timers.

Lucia Di Lammermoor is a romantic tale of family honor, betrayal and madness that takes place in Scotland and is one of Donizetti's most popular works. Larry Verdugo will describe Donizetti’s life, the music and the story depicted in the opera: forced by her family to marry against her will, Lucia descends into madness. Her chilling, blood-spattered reappearance at the wedding reception has become one of the most iconic scenes in all opera. A tour-de-force of Italian Romantic opera at its most powerful and dramatic, Lucia di Lammermoor is the gleaming jewel in opera’s bel canto crown.
Opera is not just magnificent music, dance and theater with astounding sets on a beautiful stage; opera can sweep you away to foreign lands, take you back in time, dazzle you with pageantry and bring history to life. It is literature, social studies, cultural diversity, multiple languages and most of all, it is exciting! Come explore the world of opera which has something for everyone.
Mark this date on the social calendar as Crowell Library celebrates LA Opera’s 2013/2014 season. Light refreshments will be served.

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