Met moves Donizetti opera to decaying American town

By Associated Press |

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Nadine Sierra stars in the title role of this US-set Lucia (Photo: Merri Cyr)

NEW YORK (AP) — Call it bel canto in the Rust Belt. The Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Lucia di Lammermoor plucks the ill-fated heroine out of the Scottish hills where Sir Walter Scott placed her in his 1819 novel and where Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti kept her in his opera 16 years later. Instead, director Simon Stone has transplanted her to a contemporary American town whose once-prosperous residents are suffering the effects of economic decline and where the pharmacy and pawnshop are among the only thriving businesses. The show’s first staging will be Saturday, but audiences worldwide will have a chance to see it when Lucia is broadcast to movie theaters live on May 21.

WFMT airs this production of Lucia di Lammermoor on May 21, 2022. Mike Silverman for the Associated Press.