Returning to the crime scene: fresh blood improves Royal Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor ****

Royal Opera, 11th May 2016

Double casts are a mixed blessing. When they play side by side, there’s a temptation to indulge in ‘fantasy casting’, mixing and matching your ideal team from those available. But at least both casts will have shared rehearsals, helping shape the staging as part of the creative process. When one cast trails in the wake of another after a brief hiatus – as in the case of Katie Mitchell’s new production of Lucia di Lammermoor – there can easily be a sense of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’. This was happily not the situation this evening.

Aleksandra Kurzak (Lucia) and Rachael Lloyd (Alisa) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey

Aleksandra Kurzak (Lucia) and Rachael Lloyd (Alisa)
© ROH | Stephen Cummiskey

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