On February 6, as part of its 2020-21 radio broadcast season, the Metropolitan Opera will air its first-ever Listeners’ Choice broadcast, a historic performance chosen by radio listeners from around the world: Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor starring Maria Callas.
This performance from December 8, 1956, is the renowned soprano’s only Met radio broadcast. She portrayed the tragic heroine who comes undone in one of opera’s most famous mad scenes.
Callas joined a cast featuring Giuseppe Campora as Lucia’s lover Edgardo, Enzo Sordello as Enrico, her brother and Edgardo’s sworn enemy, and Nicola Moscona as Raimondo. Fausto Cleva conducted.
During December, the Met invited members of its worldwide radio audience to vote for their favorite from among ten legendary performances drawn from the Met archives. The Listeners’ Choice broadcast of Lucia di Lammermoor will include new commentary and radio features reflecting on Callas’ portrayal of this iconic role, as well as comments from radio listeners explaining why this broadcast was their top choice.
Lucia di Lammermoor will be heard over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 6. Listen to it on Classical IPR.
Click here to view an English translation of the libretto for Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor.