Friday, November 18, 2011

Atlanta Opera's "Lucia di Lammermoor" pulls out all the stops for one more weekend

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 11:05 AM

LAST CALL: Soprano Georgia Jarman will play the role of Lucia in Atlanta Operas production of Lucia di Lammermoor in two more performances before the holidays set in.
  • Tim Wilkerson
  • LAST CALL: Soprano Georgia Jarman will play the role of Lucia in Atlanta Opera's production of "Lucia di Lammermoor" in two more performances before the holidays set in.
The Atlanta Opera is entering its final weekend of performances of Lucia di Lammermoor, and if you've ever wondered, “Hey, what's the big fuss about all this opera stuff anyway?!” Lucia is the show that will clue you in. Here's what the fuss is about: Gorgeous voices, awesome sets, amazing music, and outrageous drama. Lucia pulls out all the stops and creates one of Atlanta's most glamorous, romantic, and exciting nights at the theater in ages.

Lucia di Lammermoor tells the Romeo and Juliet-like story of a young girl in Scotland who falls in love with a mystery man who turns out to be from a rival family. Her brother tricks her into marrying the rich groom he's picked out for her, and their wedding night ends up as, well, something of a bloody mess. Donizetti's famous bel canto score has a drive and beauty that keep the tension at a constant boil, and Erhard Rom's set designs for the Atlanta production have a wonderful cinematic flare with a suggestive and totally original hint of Southern Gothic. Soprano Georgia Jarman's voice, though she's new to the role, is up to the hefty task, and she isn't afraid to show off some impressive vocal gymnastics when they're called for. Baritone Stephen Powell as Lucia's brother Enrico and bass Arthur Woodley as the chaplain Raimondo are standouts in the cast, and the chorus and orchestra sound polished, supple and lively.

If you crave original, transportive and dramatic performances, get to the show this weekend. Think of it as "last call." 2011 is all Sugar Plum Fairies and Tiny Tims from here on out.

The Atlanta Opera performs Donizetti's “Lucia di Lammermoor” on Friday, November 18, at 8 pm and Sunday, November 20 at 3 pm at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Atlanta Opera.

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