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Best onstage doomed love affair: Lucia Di Lammermoor

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Gorgeous voices, awesome sets, amazing music, outrageous drama. The Atlanta Opera brought the famous story of emotionally fragile Scottish lass Lucia and her doomed love for a man from a rival clan to the stage for its November 2011 production of Lucia Di Lammermoor, and gave Atlanta one of its most romantic and exciting nights at the theater in ages. Soprano Georgia Jarman showed off some impressive vocal gymnastics in the role of Lucia, and the cast, chorus, and Atlanta Opera orchestra sounded polished and lively. Between-scene projections of Sir Walter Scott's source text made us feel all post-modern and fuzzy inside, while Erhard Rom's set designs had a wonderful cinematic flare: There was something distinctly Southern in the decaying mansions, moss-covered forests, and crumbling tombstones. The evening was capped off with gallons of stage blood and a beautiful bel canto aria.

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