Lucia di Lammermoor

Pressured to marry the wrong man, a young woman suffers an emotional breakdown, culminating in the most astonishing mad scene in all of opera.

Music by Gaetano Donizetti | Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano

Sung in Italian with English supertitles


Pressured by her family to marry the wrong man, an anguished young woman suffers an emotional breakdown on her wedding night.

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An evening of vocal splendor!

San Jose Mercury News

Soprano Nadine Sierra delivered a mad scene that simply brought down the house.

San Jose Mercury News

Piotr Beczala gave a riveting performance, full of vocal heft and romantic ardor. His singing was rich and full of color, with a superb combination of weight and agility.

San Francisco Chronicle

Baritone Brian Mulligan was vigorous and vocally commanding...especially in his vengeful Act 1 cabaletta, 'La pietade in suo favor.'

San Francisco Examiner

Conductor Nicola Luisotti energetically drew richly detailed and colorful playing from the Orchestra.

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Cast & Creative

Lucia di Lammermoor Nadine Sierra
Edgardo Piotr Beczala
Enrico Brian Mulligan
Raimondo Nicolas Testé*
Alisa Zanda Švēde
Normanno AJ Glueckert
Arturo Chong Wang


October 8, 11, 13, 16, 21, 24, 28

Conductor Nicola Luisotti
Director Michael Cavanagh
Scenic and Projection Designer Erhard Rom
Costume Designer Mattie Ullrich*
Lighting Designer Gary Marder
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

 * San Francisco Opera Debut

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Previous performances of Lucia di Lammermoor can be found in our Archive.

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Director's Note

Like so many tragic horror stories, Lucia di Lammermoor is a cautionary tale, in this case a warning of the destructive power of blind ambition.

“So, you have ta’en up your bonny bridegroom?” Gaetano Donizetti and "Lucia di Lammermoor"

"Our theaters go bad to worse… The operas flop, the public hisses, our audience is scarce…. Now at the San Carlo, we will have Persiani’s old opera Danao, then my Lucia di Lammermoor which is now finished….

Out of their Minds

Allied to words in the medium of opera, music can take us to areas of experience that elsewhere might be uncontainable. Music inhabits a terrain beyond reason, and so is capable of depicting madness...

Made Possible By

Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn are proud to support this production. Major funding is also provided by Keith and Priscilla Geeslin. Additional major support is provided by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem through the Great Interpreters of Italian Opera Fund, and the Conductors Fund for Maestro Luisotti’s appearance. Mr. Beczala’s appearance is made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund from Joan and David Traitel.