Lucia Di Lammermoor

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A co-production between Toledo Opera and Opera Carolina 

Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor has become the benchmark against which all bel canto operas are measured since its premiere in 1835.

Set in Scotland, the tale of a bitter family feud ends tragically. Lucia is in love with a member of a rival family, Edgardo. Forced to marry another, she murders her fiancée and goes insane in a tour de force for coloratura soprano.

Rising stars Kathryn Lewek, soprano and Zach Borichesky, tenor will anchor an impressive cast under the baton of Toledo Opera’s Principal Artistic Advisor, and Principal Conductor and General Director of Opera Carolina, James Meena. 

The Student Night at the Opera performance of Lucia Di Lammermoor will take place on April 22, 2015 at 7:00pm. Please contact laldinger@toledoopera.org for more info.

ACT I (Scotland, Late 17th Century)

Enrico's men search his castle grounds for a trespasser. Enrico decries his sister Lucia's refusal to marry the wealthy Arturo to save the family’s fortune. Lucia's elderly tutor, Raimondo, suggests that grief over her mother's death has made her unable to love, but Normanno, captain of the guard, reveals that Lucia has been discovered in a tryst. He suspects the trespasser is none other than Enrico’s mortal enemy Edgardo. Near her mother's tomb Lucia awaits a rendezvous with Edgardo. Edgardo arrives and explains that he wishes to reconcile with Enrico so he and Lucia may marry. Lucia, knowing her brother will not agree, begs Edgardo to keep silent. He agrees and the lovers seal their vows by exchanging rings.

ACT II

Enrico plots with Normanno to force Lucia to marry Arturo. Lucia is shown a forged letter stating that Edgardo is pledged to another. Crushed, she longs for death, but Enrico insists upon her marrying. As Lucia signs the marriage contract Edgardo bursts in to claim his bride. Seeing Lucia's signature on the contract, he curses her and rushes from the hall.

ACT III

Enrico confronts Edgardo, and they agree to duel. The wedding festivities halt when Raimondo announces that Lucia, insane, has stabbed and killed Arturo. Disheveled and unaware of what she has done, Lucia wanders in imagining herself married to Edgardo, then collapses. Guests leaving Lammermoor Castle tell Edgardo the dying Lucia has called his name, but as he rushes to her side Raimondo arrives to tell of her death. Resolving to join Lucia in heaven, Edgardo stabs himself.

Hyung Yun, baritone (Lord Enrico Ashton)

Korean-American baritone Hyung Yun has performed with the Metropolitan Opera as Valentin in Faust, Ping in Turandot, Lescaut in Manon, and Silvio in I Pagliacci. With Los Angeles Opera he made his debut as Angelotti in Tosca and returned to sing Marcello in La Bohème, Micheletto Cibo in Die Gezeichneten, and Lescaut in Manon. Upcoming in the United States, Mr. Yun performs Ping in Turandot at the San Francisco Opera, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Minnesota Opera, the title role in Eugene Onegin at Madison Opera, and in Carmina Burana with the Colorado Symphony. He also returns to his native Seoul, Korea as Germont in La traviata at the Seoul Metropolitan Opera, and performs Belcore in L’elisir d’amore and Ford in Falstaff under Myunghoon Chung at the Korean National Opera.

For more on Mr. Yun, please visit his website. (http://www.hyungyun.com/)

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Kathryn Lewek, soprano (Miss Lucia)

A double prize winner at the 2013 Operalia World Opera Competition, soprano Kathryn Lewek’s recent engagements include her Metropolitan Opera and Washington National Opera debuts performing the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute. She also performed the role with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, as well as sang the roles of the Fairy in Cendrillon with New Orleans Opera and Angelica in Orlando with Hobart Baroque in Tasmania. Ms. Lewek made several company debuts last season, performing Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with English National Opera and Nashville Opera, as well as Handel’s Messiah with Musica Sacra of New York at Carnegie Hall and Carmina Burana with the Toledo Symphony. Recent European debuts also included Dolcina in Suor Angelica with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester and the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with Opera Leipzig, Opéra de Toulon, and the Bregenz Festival, where she also performed the role of Jessica in the world premiere of André Tchaikowsky’s The Merchant of Venice. She last sang for Toledo Opera as Zerlina in Don Giovanni in 2013.

For more on Ms. Lewek, please visit her website. (http://kathrynlewek.com/)

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Zach Borichevsky, tenor (Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood)

An outstanding graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, tenor Zach Borichevsky debuted last season as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette with Teatro Municipal de Santiago and Arizona Opera, Jonathan Dale in Silent Night with Opera Philadelphia, and Ruggero in Puccini’s La rondine in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Borichevsky also recently debuted as Tamino in The Magic Flute with Boston Lyric Opera, Alfredo in La traviata with Michigan Opera Theatre, and Rodolfo in La bohème) in both Arizona and Helsinki. During the 2012-2013 season, he made an acclaimed debut at Santa Fe Opera as Matteo in Arabella conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. He also created the role of Nicholas Astor in Kirke Meachem’s The Rivals with Skylight Opera in Milwaukee, debuted Alfredo in La traviata with Knoxville Opera, and debuted Pelléas in Pelléas et Melisande at the Academy of Vocal Arts. Mr. Borichevsky has also performed with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Glimmerglass Opera, and at the Castleton Festival under the baton of Lorin Maazel.

For more on Mr. Borichevsky, please visit his website. (http://www.zachborichevsky.com/)

Joshua Stewart, tenor (Lord Arturo Buklaw)

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Joshua Stewart started his musical training as a jazz singer and currently lives in Munich, Germany, where he is a member of the opera studio at the Bayerische Staatsoper. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and guest artist at the Marlboro Music Festival, Mr. Stewart made his European operatic debut to great acclaim as Belfiore in Emilio Sagi’s classic production of Il viaggio a Reims at the Rossini Opera Festival. An avid singer of contemporary music, Joshua is becoming a favorite of many composers and audiences after his portrayals of the Hauptmann in Berg’s Wozzeck and the Man with the Luggage in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco. He is returning to Toledo Opera after playing Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni in 2013.

Kristopher Irmiter, bass-baritone (Raimondo Bidebent)

A Grammy Nominated artist, Bass-Baritone Kristopher Irmiter has appeared with San Francisco Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Baltimore Opera, Atlanta Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Utah Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Arizona Opera, and Florida Grand Opera among others. Recent roles include Scarpia in Tosca with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Escamillo in Carmen with San Francisco Opera, Mephistopheles in Faust with Utah Festival Opera and Baltimore Opera, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro with Portland Opera and Opera Carolina, the title role in Der Fliegende Holländer with Arizona Opera and Alaska Opera, the Villains in Les Contes d'Hoffmann with Opera Lyra in Ottawa, Kurwenal in Tirstan Und Isolde with Florentine Opera, Alidoro in La Cenerentola with Austin Lyric Opera, and appearances with Atlanta Opera, Utah Opera, Opera Omaha and Lyric Opera of Kansas City in the lead role of Rucker Lattimore in Carlisle Floyd's Cold Sassy Tree.

For more in Mr. Irmiter, please visit his website. (http://www.kristopherirmiter.com/)

Laura Reaper, mezzo-soprano (Alisa)

A Toledo Opera Resident Artist since 2013, Laura Reaper most recently sang the role of Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Project Columbus.  Laura’s numerous credits include Dejanira in Hercules, Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro and 3rd Lady in Die Zauberflöte,and the premiere of Tantie Marie in the The Toll.  An avid performer, Laura has been featured as the Alto soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and has also appeared as the Mezzo-Soprano soloist in Copland’s In the Beginning.  Ms. Reaper holds degrees from the Peabody Institute (BM) and Bowling Green State University (MM).   

James Meena, Music Director

James Meena, Toledo Opera’s Principal Artistic Advisor and Opera Carolina’s General Director and Principal Conductor, consistently earns critical acclaim for his artistic vision and dynamic presence on the podium. The breadth of his repertoire spans the standard works of Mozart, Puccini and Verdi to contemporary works including Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree and Victor Davies’ Transit of Venus. Conducting career highlights of recent seasons include new productions for Opera Carolina, performances with the Korean Broadcasting System Symphony in a nationally televised concert, performances with the National Symphony Orchestra, R.O.C., concerts with the Cairo Symphony (Egypt) in the new Cairo Opera House, and repeated engagements with Edmonton Opera. He has appeared as guest conductor with orchestras and opera companies in the United States, Italy, Taipei, Korea, Canada and Mexico.

 

Bernard Uzan, Stage Director

Bernard Uzan’s extensive background in the performing arts includes great achievement as a General Director, Artistic Director, Stage Director, Artist Manager, Set Designer, Librettist, Actor, and most recently, published novelist.  As a stage director and producer, his 375 productions have appeared on the stages of more than 100 opera companies throughout the world in such cities as Buenos Aires, Caracas, Catania, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Mexico City, Miami, Monte Carlo, Palermo, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Santiago, Seattle, Zurich, Toronto, and Vancouver among many others.

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