It is the morning after opening night of Vancouver Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor. I felt the need to post a few post-opera thoughts.
First, the Vancouver opera crowded needed Lucia di Lammermoor. Vancouver Opera pushed the creative envelope with Nixon in China and again with Lillian Alling. With Lucia di Lammermoor Vancouver Opera returned to the more traditional. Performed in Italian with soaring voices and buoyed by the chorus, this was opera done the way Vancouver Opera audiences crave. And done perfectly.
Eglise Gutierrez, the coloratura soprana completes a haunting performance of Lucia`s decent into madness and finally death in Act III while the supporting chorus looks on in fascinated horror. Gutierrez`s performance will be remembered by Vancouver audiences for years to come. Simply put, it was breath-taking.
And then after Lucia’s journey into madness is complete, we are forced to witness Edgardo, Lucia’s true love, (performed by Michael Fabiano) also descend into the darkest of places before succumbing to his broken heart.
The Vancouver audience roared their approval when the final curtain fell. When the lead performers returned to the stage, the Vancouver audience leapt to their feet in the most spontaneous standing ovation I have ever see. The Vancouver audience needed this performance and unequivocally showed their love for the performance. Well done. Very well done.
The bottom line; if you are going to see one Vancouver Opera performance this season, make sure it is Lucia di Lammermoor. This is the opera of the season.
The photos used in this post, shot by Tim Matheson, are courtesy of Vancouver Opera.