An Opera To Remember
THE CULTURAL CENTER of the Philippines (CCP) recently housed another successful and highly praised opera with the first Manila staging of Lucia di Lammermoor by the genius Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. Presented by Rustan Group of Companies, the Filipinas Opera Society Foundation, Inc., and the Embassy of Italy Manila, the gala night was attended by distinguished personalities and opera fans led by Italian Ambassador to the Philippines Giorgio Guglielmino, Rustan Group of Companies Chairman and CEO Nedy Tantoco, CCP President Nick Lizaso, and Filipinas Opera Society Foundation Inc.’s Jaime Laya, Danny Dolor, and Tina Turalba. First performed in Naples in 1835, the Donizetti opera has since become a favorite among opera-lovers. It follows the story of Lucia Ashton (played by soprano Melody Louledjian), a Scottish maiden who falls in love with Edgardo di Ravenswood (played by tenor Arthur Espiritu), the leader of the Ashtons’ political enemies, but is forced by her brother Enrico to marry another nobleman named Arturo. Believing her brother’s lie that Edgardo has betrayed her, Lucia is so gripped with devastation and grief that she begins to lose her sanity. It is best known for its arias including Il dolce suono and Regnavanelsilenzio, among others. Its heart-stopping Lucia’s mad scene has become one of the most famous moments in all opera.