Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
The State OperaApproximate running time
2 hours, no intermission
Lucia di Lammermoor is probably the most famous of Gaetano Donizetti's tragic operas and is an excellent representative of late bel canto. The libretto by Salvatore Cammarano was based on the historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor by the Scottish writer Walter Scott from 1819. The opera was premiered on 26 September 1835 at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. Lucia di Lammermoor was also performed at a time when bel canto operas were displaced by Verdi, Wagner and others. It even became a permanent part of the repertoire of the New York Metropolitan Opera. The title role, endowed with a number of spectacular and virtuosic numbers, was a highlight of the repertoire of such 20th century singers as Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland and Edith Gruber.
State Opera Music Director Andriy Yurkevych is close to bel canto opera thanks to his studies and engagements in Italy, so we can expect an enlightened and passionate performance of Donizetti's opera. The title role will be performed by the young Czech singer Lucie Kaňková, who has already introduced herself to Prague audiences in demanding parts such as Mozart's Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, Verdi's Violetta in La Traviata and Gilda in Rigoletto.
Where to buy tickets
The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 2 January at 9am we started selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of June 2023.
What to wear?
By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.
Parking at the State opera
While visiting the State Opera, you can take the slip road on Wilsonova street from the left lane close to the State Opera building to the Parking Centrum above-ground garage. The parking fee is 40 CZK/h.
Buffets at the State Opera
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