Internationally celebrated Australian soprano Jessica Pratt
to make her Opera Australia debut as the fiery Lucia
28 June – 27 July | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
STARRING | JESSICA PRATT | MICHAEL FABIANO | GIORGIO CAODURO
Recognised internationally as one of the world’s great Lucia’s, Australian soprano Jessica Pratt is making a triumphant return to Sydney this winter for her Opera Australia debut, performing in Donizetti’s most famous opera, Lucia di Lammermoor.
Jessica is one of only three Australian sopranos to perform the coveted role at Milan’s world famous La Scala Theatre, along with two of the country’s most famous singers, Dame Nellie Melba and Dame Joan Sutherland.
Joining Jessica on stage for this highly anticipated performance will be American tenor Michael Fabiano, returning to Sydney for the first time since his stunning OA debut in Faust in 2014. Fabiano has performed the role of Edgardo to high acclaim at Opéra de Paris, Vancouver Opera, and famously as a late stand-in at The Metropolitan Opera, where he had just seven hours notice to take the stage.
In the role of Enrico is Italian baritone Giorgio Caoduro, who made a marked impression on audiences and critics alike with his performance in OA’s 2014 premiere production of Lucia di Lammermoor.
Director John Doyle’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor portrays the ominous clouds of Scotland alongside the deeply entrenched tight-lipped and judgmental sensibilities of the Scottish Protestants. This is a dramatic tragedy that climaxes in disastrous results when austerity and repression are forced upon a passionate young woman.
The detailing on the minimalist set accentuates Set and Costume Designer Liz Ascroft’s exquisite period costumes, which serve to further focus the spotlight on the singers themselves.
The absolute thrill of Lucia is, of course, the famous “mad scene”, one of the most beloved examples of bel canto singing to hit the opera stage. The gripping scene depicts the young bride revealing not only her passion for her lost love, but the anguish and torment that has driven her to commit murder on her wedding night. Doyle’s Lucia literally smears the stage with her new husband’s blood, as the tragedy of her insanity comes crashing into the horror and recoil of those around her. This is an opportunity to hear a coloratura soprano at their technical and expressive best.
From the highlights of Donizetti’s famed heart-stopping sextet at the end of Act 2, to the much anticipated marathon “mad scene” scene in Act 3, this production is a psychological thriller wrapped in an austere beauty, doused in buckets of blood.
Conductor Carlo Montanaro
Director John Doyle
Revival Director Roger Press
Set & Costume Designer Liz Ascroft
Lighting Designer Jane Cox
Lucia Jessica Pratt
Engardo Michael Fabiano
Engardo Diego Torre (27 Jul)
Enrico Giorgio Caoduro
Raimondo Richard Anderson
Alisa Jane Ede
Arturo John Longmuir
Normanno Benjamin Rasheed
Opera Australia Chorus
Opera Australia Orchestra
Evenings at 7.30pm
June 28, 30
July 3, 13, 19, 21, 23, 27
Saturday Matinees at 1.00pm
Running time: Approximately 2 hours and fifty minutes including 2 x 20 minute intervals
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
Adult tickets from $46 (fees may apply)
Group and concession prices available for most performances
Student Rush available for most performances: $50 (fees may apply)
Opera Australia Box Office
(02) 9318 8200
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House