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New Orleans Opera Ends its 81st Season With "Lucia Di Lammermoor"

07:00 February 29, 2024
By: Gabriella Bonura

A Tale of Love, Madness, and Murder

The New Orleans Opera Association is ending its 81st season with the thrilling Lucia di Lammermoor, a story where love, madness, and murder are all interconnected into a tragic tale. Lucia di Lammermoor will be hosted at the Mahalia Jackson Theater on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. and March 24 at 2:30 p.m.

Lucia di Lammermoor, based on the novel Bride of Lammermoor by Sir Walter Scott, is set in 17th-century Scotland. Lucia Ashton falls madly in love with Edgardo di Ravenswood, but there's one major problem: their families are enemies. The Ashtons and Ravenswoods have been rivals, but that doesn't stop the love Lucia and Edgardo have for each other. From ill-fated love to a tragic murder, this story is filled with twists and turns that you won't want to miss.

The show will be directed by Brenna Corner. Joseph Mechavich, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra's conductor, will be Corner's musical accompaniment. Award-winning soprano Katrina Galka will be taking on the role as Lucia. Yongzhao Yu, who has made appearances at the Metropolitan Opera and the Houston Grand Opera, will be playing Edgardo.

There will be a free pre-opera party prior to both performances at the Mahalia Jackson Theater's Norman Treigle Plaza, where the Electric Yat Quartet will be playing. Along with the free pre-opera party, there will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture by Dr. Tara Melvin to provide background of the opera. Following the show, there will be a chance for viewers to gather and talk about their experiences and perspectives about the opera.

The New Orleans Opera Association began its season on July 1, 2023 and will be coming to an end soon with its final performance. Throughout the season, there have been many wonderful operas they have performed, including The Marriage of Figaro and Blue.

Tickets are on sale and prices range from $32 to $235. If you are a student, make sure to bring your student ID to purchase a ticket for only $10. Head to The New Orleans Opera Association to buy your tickets and to learn more.

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