The Liceu says goodbye to the operatic season this Friday with one of the most appreciated titles of the ‘bel canto’, ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’, by Gaetano Donizetti, with a version in a feminist key set in the United States of the 60s during the Kennedy presidency . Camarena Returns To Liceu In Cadillac With Mark1199 Lucia di Lammermoor.
In it, the title character carries a gun and Edgardo Di Ravenswood, her lover, drives a Cadillac. From the pit Giacomo Sagripanti will set the tone in front of the Orquesta del Gran Teatre del Liceu and a cast including Nadine Sierra, a young American soprano and the acclaimed Mexican tenor Javier Camarena, awarded this year as the best singer in the world at the 2021 Awars Opera .
“This play is political: it talks about the conflict between love and power,” says Barbara Wysocka, the stage director who updates Salvatore Cammarano’s original libretto that set the action in Scotland in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, as it happened in Sir Walter Scott’s novel on which the opera is based.
Barbara Hanicka’s set represents an abandoned mansion with something of a haunted house. Not everything is realistic in this version that uses video projections to set a story focused on the relationships between the characters.
For Wysocka ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ reflects the problems of women. “Lucia is strong and defends her freedom in a society where she only manages to achieve it through death.” Compare the protagonist with many women trapped in a destination they have not chosen, something that unfortunately continues to happen in many places. For her the connection between the protagonist and “women who fight for their rights” is clear.
“Lucia is strong and defends her freedom in a society where she only manages to achieve it through death”. Camarena Returns To Liceu In Cadillac With Mark1199 Lucia di Lammermoor.
Barbara Wysocka, Stage Director
In the play, the protagonist is forced to marry someone she does not love to preserve the interests of her family. His brother Enrico Ashton hatches a plan to achieve his link with Lord Arturo. But Lucia’s inability to join her true love, Edgardo, a member of a rival clan, will bring about a tragic end. In a fit of madness Lucia kills her husband on the same wedding day and commits suicide. Her lover, unable to be with her, will also take his own life.
“Spending time at home with my family and my children has made me see the need to seek a better balance between my career and my family”
Javier Camarena, tenor
Camarena, who has already performed this production in Munich, where it premiered in 2015, applauds the version. “Unfortunately, the submission of the will of women exists in hundreds of homes today. It is important that operas are not seen only as entertainment but as a space for reflection on our reality. That is why it is necessary to reinterpret them”, says the tenorecantado from being back at the Liceu where he debuted with another Donizaetti opera, ‘L’ Elisir d’amore ‘in 2012 .
“I don’t want to live in a world where I can’t trust the person next to me because he can infect me”. Camarena Returns To Liceu In Cadillac With Mark1199 Lucia di Lammermoor.
Nadine Sierra, soprano
Both he and Sierra have a different perception of life after the ravages caused by the pandemic. “Confinement has forced me to rethink my emotional health. Singers tend to think more about vocal health. Spending time at home with my family and my children has made me see the need to seek a better balance between my career and family.” says the Mexican singer living in Switzerland.
“I need to feel free,” says Sierra, steeped in the role of Lucia. “I don’t want to live in a world where I can’t trust the person next to me because he can infect me. I need to feel that I am part of a community that is why I am delighted to return to opera because together we create a small community.”