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On 11 October 2007, Arizona Opera presented Lucia di Lammermoor at Phoenix's Symphony Hall in an evocative, dramatically riveting production by Kristine McIntyre. The traditional sets by Roberto Oswald were originally seen in New Orleans and the period costumes were by the Toronto firm, Malabar.

The 'Lucia di Lammermoor' Letter Scene: Laura Whalen as Lucia and Weston Hurt as Enrico. Photo © 2007 Tim Fuller
The 'Lucia di Lammermoor' Letter Scene: Laura Whalen as Lucia and Weston Hurt as Enrico. Photo © 2007 Tim Fuller

Laura Whalen, the Lucia, is a fine singing actress who can create a detailed character while singing some of Donizetti's most difficult music. In Act I, she even sang a passage lying on the floor. Although her sound was honeyed for the most part, it was slightly lacking in vibrato at the very top of her range. However, she had no difficulty with the runs and her technique was always secure.

Laura Whalen as Lucia and Mark T Panuccio as Edgardo. Photo © 2007 Tim Fuller
Laura Whalen as Lucia and Mark T Panuccio as Edgardo. Photo © 2007 Tim Fuller

 

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Copyright © 21 October 2007 Maria Nockin, Arizona USA

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