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Lucia reached the United Kingdom on 5 April 1838 when it was performed at Her Majesty's Theatre in London. Its first performance in the new world took place on 27 October 1840 in Havana, Cuba. Mexico City and New Orleans saw it the following year. Other composers, such as Adolphe Adam, have written operas on the same subject. The composer of the ballet Giselle called his 1827 opera La Caleb de Walter Scott.

Lucia (Larissa Yudina), Enrico (Theodore Lambrinos) and Raimondo (Mikhail Kolelishvili) in the 'Lucia di Lammermoor' wedding scene. Photo © 2006 Robin Grant
Lucia (Larissa Yudina), Enrico (Theodore Lambrinos) and Raimondo (Mikhail Kolelishvili) in the 'Lucia di Lammermoor' wedding scene. Photo © 2006 Robin Grant

The three great bel canto composers are Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835), Rossini (1792-1868) and Donizetti (1797-1848). Since Rossini did not compose much after 1829, Donizetti's music held the center of the opera stage between the death of Bellini and Giuseppe Verdi's first major success, Nabucco, which appeared in 1842.

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