I’m so excited to be back blogging for the second show of the season, Lucia di Lammermoor presented by the Vancouver Opera. It’s opening night and the fancy outfits are starting to roll in!
This time of year is a whirlwind of parties for many people, and that’s what I love about December – I’ve been looking forward to another opportunity to wear something nice. That, and sparkly things and a birdcage veil for my hair. Can never turn down an opportunity to wear a birdcage veil.
We are just back from the backstage tour and I am completely in love with the set. Borrowed from the San Francisco Opera, everything came together in around 8 hours last Saturday when it was put together on stage (with just one missing piece, although that was easily rectified.) While there are no moving parts it is looking like projection will also play a part in this production – although I imagine it will be quite different from Lillian Alling (the first show of the season).
I try to make it a habit of not knowing the story ahead of time – I’d rather be surprised than be waiting for something I’d heard about for the entire show. From the props, however, I know things are set in a castle, there will be some blood, and there are a lot of weapons ready to make their way onto the stage. Sounds like a good setup to me. On with the show!
One of the few things I knew ahead of time was that this was somewhat of a dark story – and it lived up to the title.
What starts as a love story quickly turns to a tragedy – although that certainly could have been predicted. I was, however, surprised by how versatile the set was made by the projection – with sheer screens in front of the set at times the stage becomes completely magical. Kudos to the set designers, I know in many ways this is a simple set but I love how it comes alive, it really is fantastic.
And then, of course, the voices.
I was told ahead of time I was in for a treat with Eglise Gutiérrez playing the part of Lucia, but I was not prepared to be so completely blown away by her performance. I don’t want to lessen the work of the rest of the cast as it really is beautiful – particularly that of Gregory Dahl who plays Lucia’s brother Enrico and of course Michael Fabiano’s performance as Edgardo, especially in the final scene where the power of his voice really shines.
That said – Eglise has my heart. I think I could listen to her for hours, and just when I thought it couldn’t get any more incredible Act 3 started and…well… if you’ve been on the fence about heading out to the opera, this is absolutely the show to see. She will blow you away.
Lucia is a more traditional opera – sung in Italian with English surtitles (follow along! no foreign language required!) – and I have to say that out of the handful of performances I’ve been to with the Vancouver Opera, this is hands down my absolute favourite. I just can’t get over the magic of the set and the voices… oh the voices. Simply – go. You won’t be disappointed.
Lucia di Lammermoor is playing December 7th, 9th, and 11th, and tickets are still available for the remaining shows. The best seats are at the higher end of the scale, but with seats further up starting at $29 the Vancouver Opera doesn’t need to be reserved only for special occasions. It’s definitely earned a place on our regular night out list.
I’ll be back in February for the 3rd show of the season, with tickets already on sale for those looking ahead. The perfect holiday gift, perhaps?!
And now – final prep for Got Craft? which is happening first thing tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing some of you there!