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Tame and drowning in detail: Royal Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor reviewed

And even if you closed your eyes on Katie Mitchell’s production, you’d still not find it a great evening, with the conductor merely beating time

16 April 2016

9:00 AM

16 April 2016

9:00 AM

Lucia di Lammermoor

Royal Opera House, in rep until 19 May

Lucia di Lammermoor is one of the two or three Donizetti operas that have never fallen out of the repertoire, and the more of his operas it’s possible to see, or at least to hear on CD, the less explicable that becomes. The late and rightly venerated Rodney Milnes called Lucia ‘a blazing masterpiece’, but that does seem to be overdoing it, and in fact several of his other works are more worthy of that accolade.

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