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We are proud to partner with Houston Public Media to bring some of our favorite operas to the radio! With the support of HPM's Classical station, you will have two opportunities each week to listen to broadcasts: Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 p.m.

Our schedule includes:

      • July 31 and August 1: The Merry Widow, 2003 (Lehár)
      • August 7 and 8: Lucia di Lammermoor, 2011 (Donizetti)
      • August 14 and 15: Ariadne auf Naxos, 2011 (Strauss)
      • August 21 and 22: The Masked Ball, 2007 (Verdi)
      • August 28 and 29: Manon Lescaut, 2006 (Puccini)

There are several ways to tune in:

The arts bring us together and give us hope and inspiration, especially in challenging times. We cannot thank our friends at Houston Public Media enough for helping us fill your homes with great opera.

Lucia di Lammermoor, 2011 (Donizetti)

This broadcast will be available until 9/21/20.

Normanno   Beau Gibson
Enrico   Scott Hendricks
Raimondo   Oren Gradus
Lucia   Albina Shagimuratova
Alisa   Rachel Willis-Sorensen
Edgardo   Dimitri Pittas
Arturo   Nathaniel Peake

Houston Grand Opera Chorus
Richard Bado, Chorus Master
The Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master Chair

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
Antonino Fogliani, Conductor

Act I 

A group of guards under their leader Normanno have been searching for a prowler on the grounds of

Ravenswood Castle. Lord Enrico Ashton confides to Normanno and the family chaplain Raimondo that he is in desperate financial straits. To replenish the family coffers, Enrico intends to wed his sister Lucia to the wealthy Arturo Bucklaw. Normanno, however, suspects that Lucia is in love with another man — Edgardo of Ravenswood, a member of a rival family. When these suspicions are confirmed, Enrico swears revenge on his sister and her suitor.

With her attendant Alisa, Lucia is waiting for Edgardo in the grounds, near a fountain. Lucia remembers having once seen the ghost of a woman who was murdered by her lover at that fountain. Alisa believes this is a bad omen and urges Lucia to give up her lover. Edgardo arrives. Edgardo tells Lucia he must leave for France before dawn on a vital political mission and has come to say goodbye. First, however, he wants to make peace with Enrico and ask him for Lucia’s hand. Lucia, frightened, begs Edgardo to keep their love secret. Edgardo bitterly recounts the reasons for his hatred of the Ashton family, but the two bid a loving farewell, pledging themselves to each other.

Act II

The marriage arranged by Enrico between his sister and Arturo is imminent, despite Lucia’s protests that she loves Edgardo. Enrico has had all Edgardo’s letters to her intercepted by Normanno, who has also forged one wherein Edgardo tells Lucia that he now loves someone else. Frantically, Lucia reveals to Enrico that she and Edgardo have already exchanged vows. Enrico tells Lucia that the government party he supported has been defeated, and only Arturo can save him from ruin and even death. Lucia appeals to Raimondo, but he begs her to comply with Enrico’s wishes. The wedding guests congratulate Arturo.

Lucia is openly weeping; Enrico explains her tears by saying that she is still mourning her mother’s death, and he forces her to sign the marriage contract. Edgardo suddenly arrives. He is outraged at Lucia’s apparent betrayal, but her torment is obvious and he realizes he still loves her. Enrico and the

guests violently turn on Edgardo. Raimondo intervenes and restores peace, but when Lucia reluctantly admits she has signed the marriage contract, Edgardo demands his ring back and curses their love.

Act III

Immediately after the wedding, Enrico visits Edgardo at Wolf Crag Castle to taunt him with the news that Lucia has been led to her bridal chamber. Edgardo swears to avenge the insult to his family and challenges Enrico to a duel at daybreak among the tombs of Ravenswood.

At Ravenswood, the wedding celebration is abruptly interrupted by Raimondo, who brings the shocking news that Arturo has been found dead in the bridal chamber. Lucia, clutching his dagger, has lost her mind. The guests pray for deliverance from the wrath of heaven. Lucia herself then appears and, imagining she hears Edgardo calling, tells him she has escaped their enemies and invites him to sit with her by the fountain. But in her delusion, she sees a phantom rise up between them and she bids him take refuge with her at the foot of the altar, where she imagines their wedding is taking place.

Believing Lucia is happy in the arms of her husband, Edgardo longs only for death. Mourners from Lammermoor arrive and tell him that Lucia is dying, but before he can reach her, the funeral bell begins tolling. When Raimondo confirms her death, Edgardo vows to join her in heaven. Before anyone can stop him, Edgardo plunges his dagger into his heart.

La bohème, 2002 (Puccini)

This broadcast will be available until 8/10/20.

Normanno   Beau Gibson
Enrico   Scott Hendricks
Raimondo   Oren Gradus
Lucia   Albina Shagimuratova
Alisa   Rachel Willis-Sorensen
Edgardo   Dimitri Pittas
Arturo   Nathaniel Peake

Houston Grand Opera Chorus
Richard Bado, Chorus Master
The Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master Chair

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
Antonino Fogliani, Conductor

Act I 

A group of guards under their leader Normanno have been searching for a prowler on the grounds of

Ravenswood Castle. Lord Enrico Ashton confides to Normanno and the family chaplain Raimondo that he is in desperate financial straits. To replenish the family coffers, Enrico intends to wed his sister Lucia to the wealthy Arturo Bucklaw. Normanno, however, suspects that Lucia is in love with another man — Edgardo of Ravenswood, a member of a rival family. When these suspicions are confirmed, Enrico swears revenge on his sister and her suitor.

With her attendant Alisa, Lucia is waiting for Edgardo in the grounds, near a fountain. Lucia remembers having once seen the ghost of a woman who was murdered by her lover at that fountain. Alisa believes this is a bad omen and urges Lucia to give up her lover. Edgardo arrives. Edgardo tells Lucia he must leave for France before dawn on a vital political mission and has come to say goodbye. First, however, he wants to make peace with Enrico and ask him for Lucia’s hand. Lucia, frightened, begs Edgardo to keep their love secret. Edgardo bitterly recounts the reasons for his hatred of the Ashton family, but the two bid a loving farewell, pledging themselves to each other.

Act II

The marriage arranged by Enrico between his sister and Arturo is imminent, despite Lucia’s protests that she loves Edgardo. Enrico has had all Edgardo’s letters to her intercepted by Normanno, who has also forged one wherein Edgardo tells Lucia that he now loves someone else. Frantically, Lucia reveals to Enrico that she and Edgardo have already exchanged vows. Enrico tells Lucia that the government party he supported has been defeated, and only Arturo can save him from ruin and even death. Lucia appeals to Raimondo, but he begs her to comply with Enrico’s wishes. The wedding guests congratulate Arturo.

Lucia is openly weeping; Enrico explains her tears by saying that she is still mourning her mother’s death, and he forces her to sign the marriage contract. Edgardo suddenly arrives. He is outraged at Lucia’s apparent betrayal, but her torment is obvious and he realizes he still loves her. Enrico and the

guests violently turn on Edgardo. Raimondo intervenes and restores peace, but when Lucia reluctantly admits she has signed the marriage contract, Edgardo demands his ring back and curses their love.

Act III

Immediately after the wedding, Enrico visits Edgardo at Wolf Crag Castle to taunt him with the news that Lucia has been led to her bridal chamber. Edgardo swears to avenge the insult to his family and challenges Enrico to a duel at daybreak among the tombs of Ravenswood.

At Ravenswood, the wedding celebration is abruptly interrupted by Raimondo, who brings the shocking news that Arturo has been found dead in the bridal chamber. Lucia, clutching his dagger, has lost her mind. The guests pray for deliverance from the wrath of heaven. Lucia herself then appears and, imagining she hears Edgardo calling, tells him she has escaped their enemies and invites him to sit with her by the fountain. But in her delusion, she sees a phantom rise up between them and she bids him take refuge with her at the foot of the altar, where she imagines their wedding is taking place.

Believing Lucia is happy in the arms of her husband, Edgardo longs only for death. Mourners from Lammermoor arrive and tell him that Lucia is dying, but before he can reach her, the funeral bell begins tolling. When Raimondo confirms her death, Edgardo vows to join her in heaven. Before anyone can stop him, Edgardo plunges his dagger into his heart.

La Traviata, 2003 (Verdi)

This broadcast will be available until 8/17/20.

Normanno   Beau Gibson
Enrico   Scott Hendricks
Raimondo   Oren Gradus
Lucia   Albina Shagimuratova
Alisa   Rachel Willis-Sorensen
Edgardo   Dimitri Pittas
Arturo   Nathaniel Peake

Houston Grand Opera Chorus
Richard Bado, Chorus Master
The Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master Chair

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
Antonino Fogliani, Conductor

Act I 

A group of guards under their leader Normanno have been searching for a prowler on the grounds of

Ravenswood Castle. Lord Enrico Ashton confides to Normanno and the family chaplain Raimondo that he is in desperate financial straits. To replenish the family coffers, Enrico intends to wed his sister Lucia to the wealthy Arturo Bucklaw. Normanno, however, suspects that Lucia is in love with another man — Edgardo of Ravenswood, a member of a rival family. When these suspicions are confirmed, Enrico swears revenge on his sister and her suitor.

With her attendant Alisa, Lucia is waiting for Edgardo in the grounds, near a fountain. Lucia remembers having once seen the ghost of a woman who was murdered by her lover at that fountain. Alisa believes this is a bad omen and urges Lucia to give up her lover. Edgardo arrives. Edgardo tells Lucia he must leave for France before dawn on a vital political mission and has come to say goodbye. First, however, he wants to make peace with Enrico and ask him for Lucia’s hand. Lucia, frightened, begs Edgardo to keep their love secret. Edgardo bitterly recounts the reasons for his hatred of the Ashton family, but the two bid a loving farewell, pledging themselves to each other.

Act II

The marriage arranged by Enrico between his sister and Arturo is imminent, despite Lucia’s protests that she loves Edgardo. Enrico has had all Edgardo’s letters to her intercepted by Normanno, who has also forged one wherein Edgardo tells Lucia that he now loves someone else. Frantically, Lucia reveals to Enrico that she and Edgardo have already exchanged vows. Enrico tells Lucia that the government party he supported has been defeated, and only Arturo can save him from ruin and even death. Lucia appeals to Raimondo, but he begs her to comply with Enrico’s wishes. The wedding guests congratulate Arturo.

Lucia is openly weeping; Enrico explains her tears by saying that she is still mourning her mother’s death, and he forces her to sign the marriage contract. Edgardo suddenly arrives. He is outraged at Lucia’s apparent betrayal, but her torment is obvious and he realizes he still loves her. Enrico and the

guests violently turn on Edgardo. Raimondo intervenes and restores peace, but when Lucia reluctantly admits she has signed the marriage contract, Edgardo demands his ring back and curses their love.

Act III

Immediately after the wedding, Enrico visits Edgardo at Wolf Crag Castle to taunt him with the news that Lucia has been led to her bridal chamber. Edgardo swears to avenge the insult to his family and challenges Enrico to a duel at daybreak among the tombs of Ravenswood.

At Ravenswood, the wedding celebration is abruptly interrupted by Raimondo, who brings the shocking news that Arturo has been found dead in the bridal chamber. Lucia, clutching his dagger, has lost her mind. The guests pray for deliverance from the wrath of heaven. Lucia herself then appears and, imagining she hears Edgardo calling, tells him she has escaped their enemies and invites him to sit with her by the fountain. But in her delusion, she sees a phantom rise up between them and she bids him take refuge with her at the foot of the altar, where she imagines their wedding is taking place.

Believing Lucia is happy in the arms of her husband, Edgardo longs only for death. Mourners from Lammermoor arrive and tell him that Lucia is dying, but before he can reach her, the funeral bell begins tolling. When Raimondo confirms her death, Edgardo vows to join her in heaven. Before anyone can stop him, Edgardo plunges his dagger into his heart.

Falstaff, 2005 (Verdi)

This broadcast will be available until 8/24/20.

Normanno   Beau Gibson
Enrico   Scott Hendricks
Raimondo   Oren Gradus
Lucia   Albina Shagimuratova
Alisa   Rachel Willis-Sorensen
Edgardo   Dimitri Pittas
Arturo   Nathaniel Peake

Houston Grand Opera Chorus
Richard Bado, Chorus Master
The Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master Chair

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
Antonino Fogliani, Conductor

Act I 

A group of guards under their leader Normanno have been searching for a prowler on the grounds of

Ravenswood Castle. Lord Enrico Ashton confides to Normanno and the family chaplain Raimondo that he is in desperate financial straits. To replenish the family coffers, Enrico intends to wed his sister Lucia to the wealthy Arturo Bucklaw. Normanno, however, suspects that Lucia is in love with another man — Edgardo of Ravenswood, a member of a rival family. When these suspicions are confirmed, Enrico swears revenge on his sister and her suitor.

With her attendant Alisa, Lucia is waiting for Edgardo in the grounds, near a fountain. Lucia remembers having once seen the ghost of a woman who was murdered by her lover at that fountain. Alisa believes this is a bad omen and urges Lucia to give up her lover. Edgardo arrives. Edgardo tells Lucia he must leave for France before dawn on a vital political mission and has come to say goodbye. First, however, he wants to make peace with Enrico and ask him for Lucia’s hand. Lucia, frightened, begs Edgardo to keep their love secret. Edgardo bitterly recounts the reasons for his hatred of the Ashton family, but the two bid a loving farewell, pledging themselves to each other.

Act II

The marriage arranged by Enrico between his sister and Arturo is imminent, despite Lucia’s protests that she loves Edgardo. Enrico has had all Edgardo’s letters to her intercepted by Normanno, who has also forged one wherein Edgardo tells Lucia that he now loves someone else. Frantically, Lucia reveals to Enrico that she and Edgardo have already exchanged vows. Enrico tells Lucia that the government party he supported has been defeated, and only Arturo can save him from ruin and even death. Lucia appeals to Raimondo, but he begs her to comply with Enrico’s wishes. The wedding guests congratulate Arturo.

Lucia is openly weeping; Enrico explains her tears by saying that she is still mourning her mother’s death, and he forces her to sign the marriage contract. Edgardo suddenly arrives. He is outraged at Lucia’s apparent betrayal, but her torment is obvious and he realizes he still loves her. Enrico and the

guests violently turn on Edgardo. Raimondo intervenes and restores peace, but when Lucia reluctantly admits she has signed the marriage contract, Edgardo demands his ring back and curses their love.

Act III

Immediately after the wedding, Enrico visits Edgardo at Wolf Crag Castle to taunt him with the news that Lucia has been led to her bridal chamber. Edgardo swears to avenge the insult to his family and challenges Enrico to a duel at daybreak among the tombs of Ravenswood.

At Ravenswood, the wedding celebration is abruptly interrupted by Raimondo, who brings the shocking news that Arturo has been found dead in the bridal chamber. Lucia, clutching his dagger, has lost her mind. The guests pray for deliverance from the wrath of heaven. Lucia herself then appears and, imagining she hears Edgardo calling, tells him she has escaped their enemies and invites him to sit with her by the fountain. But in her delusion, she sees a phantom rise up between them and she bids him take refuge with her at the foot of the altar, where she imagines their wedding is taking place.

Believing Lucia is happy in the arms of her husband, Edgardo longs only for death. Mourners from Lammermoor arrive and tell him that Lucia is dying, but before he can reach her, the funeral bell begins tolling. When Raimondo confirms her death, Edgardo vows to join her in heaven. Before anyone can stop him, Edgardo plunges his dagger into his heart.

Arabella, 1998 (Strauss)

This broadcast will be available until 8/31/20.

Normanno   Beau Gibson
Enrico   Scott Hendricks
Raimondo   Oren Gradus
Lucia   Albina Shagimuratova
Alisa   Rachel Willis-Sorensen
Edgardo   Dimitri Pittas
Arturo   Nathaniel Peake

Houston Grand Opera Chorus
Richard Bado, Chorus Master
The Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master Chair

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
Antonino Fogliani, Conductor

Act I 

A group of guards under their leader Normanno have been searching for a prowler on the grounds of

Ravenswood Castle. Lord Enrico Ashton confides to Normanno and the family chaplain Raimondo that he is in desperate financial straits. To replenish the family coffers, Enrico intends to wed his sister Lucia to the wealthy Arturo Bucklaw. Normanno, however, suspects that Lucia is in love with another man — Edgardo of Ravenswood, a member of a rival family. When these suspicions are confirmed, Enrico swears revenge on his sister and her suitor.

With her attendant Alisa, Lucia is waiting for Edgardo in the grounds, near a fountain. Lucia remembers having once seen the ghost of a woman who was murdered by her lover at that fountain. Alisa believes this is a bad omen and urges Lucia to give up her lover. Edgardo arrives. Edgardo tells Lucia he must leave for France before dawn on a vital political mission and has come to say goodbye. First, however, he wants to make peace with Enrico and ask him for Lucia’s hand. Lucia, frightened, begs Edgardo to keep their love secret. Edgardo bitterly recounts the reasons for his hatred of the Ashton family, but the two bid a loving farewell, pledging themselves to each other.

Act II

The marriage arranged by Enrico between his sister and Arturo is imminent, despite Lucia’s protests that she loves Edgardo. Enrico has had all Edgardo’s letters to her intercepted by Normanno, who has also forged one wherein Edgardo tells Lucia that he now loves someone else. Frantically, Lucia reveals to Enrico that she and Edgardo have already exchanged vows. Enrico tells Lucia that the government party he supported has been defeated, and only Arturo can save him from ruin and even death. Lucia appeals to Raimondo, but he begs her to comply with Enrico’s wishes. The wedding guests congratulate Arturo.

Lucia is openly weeping; Enrico explains her tears by saying that she is still mourning her mother’s death, and he forces her to sign the marriage contract. Edgardo suddenly arrives. He is outraged at Lucia’s apparent betrayal, but her torment is obvious and he realizes he still loves her. Enrico and the

guests violently turn on Edgardo. Raimondo intervenes and restores peace, but when Lucia reluctantly admits she has signed the marriage contract, Edgardo demands his ring back and curses their love.

Act III

Immediately after the wedding, Enrico visits Edgardo at Wolf Crag Castle to taunt him with the news that Lucia has been led to her bridal chamber. Edgardo swears to avenge the insult to his family and challenges Enrico to a duel at daybreak among the tombs of Ravenswood.

At Ravenswood, the wedding celebration is abruptly interrupted by Raimondo, who brings the shocking news that Arturo has been found dead in the bridal chamber. Lucia, clutching his dagger, has lost her mind. The guests pray for deliverance from the wrath of heaven. Lucia herself then appears and, imagining she hears Edgardo calling, tells him she has escaped their enemies and invites him to sit with her by the fountain. But in her delusion, she sees a phantom rise up between them and she bids him take refuge with her at the foot of the altar, where she imagines their wedding is taking place.

Believing Lucia is happy in the arms of her husband, Edgardo longs only for death. Mourners from Lammermoor arrive and tell him that Lucia is dying, but before he can reach her, the funeral bell begins tolling. When Raimondo confirms her death, Edgardo vows to join her in heaven. Before anyone can stop him, Edgardo plunges his dagger into his heart.

Samson and Delilah, 2002 (Saint-Saëns)

This broadcast will be available until 9/7/20.

Normanno   Beau Gibson
Enrico   Scott Hendricks
Raimondo   Oren Gradus
Lucia   Albina Shagimuratova
Alisa   Rachel Willis-Sorensen
Edgardo   Dimitri Pittas
Arturo   Nathaniel Peake

Houston Grand Opera Chorus
Richard Bado, Chorus Master
The Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master Chair

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
Antonino Fogliani, Conductor

Act I 

A group of guards under their leader Normanno have been searching for a prowler on the grounds of

Ravenswood Castle. Lord Enrico Ashton confides to Normanno and the family chaplain Raimondo that he is in desperate financial straits. To replenish the family coffers, Enrico intends to wed his sister Lucia to the wealthy Arturo Bucklaw. Normanno, however, suspects that Lucia is in love with another man — Edgardo of Ravenswood, a member of a rival family. When these suspicions are confirmed, Enrico swears revenge on his sister and her suitor.

With her attendant Alisa, Lucia is waiting for Edgardo in the grounds, near a fountain. Lucia remembers having once seen the ghost of a woman who was murdered by her lover at that fountain. Alisa believes this is a bad omen and urges Lucia to give up her lover. Edgardo arrives. Edgardo tells Lucia he must leave for France before dawn on a vital political mission and has come to say goodbye. First, however, he wants to make peace with Enrico and ask him for Lucia’s hand. Lucia, frightened, begs Edgardo to keep their love secret. Edgardo bitterly recounts the reasons for his hatred of the Ashton family, but the two bid a loving farewell, pledging themselves to each other.

Act II

The marriage arranged by Enrico between his sister and Arturo is imminent, despite Lucia’s protests that she loves Edgardo. Enrico has had all Edgardo’s letters to her intercepted by Normanno, who has also forged one wherein Edgardo tells Lucia that he now loves someone else. Frantically, Lucia reveals to Enrico that she and Edgardo have already exchanged vows. Enrico tells Lucia that the government party he supported has been defeated, and only Arturo can save him from ruin and even death. Lucia appeals to Raimondo, but he begs her to comply with Enrico’s wishes. The wedding guests congratulate Arturo.

Lucia is openly weeping; Enrico explains her tears by saying that she is still mourning her mother’s death, and he forces her to sign the marriage contract. Edgardo suddenly arrives. He is outraged at Lucia’s apparent betrayal, but her torment is obvious and he realizes he still loves her. Enrico and the

guests violently turn on Edgardo. Raimondo intervenes and restores peace, but when Lucia reluctantly admits she has signed the marriage contract, Edgardo demands his ring back and curses their love.

Act III

Immediately after the wedding, Enrico visits Edgardo at Wolf Crag Castle to taunt him with the news that Lucia has been led to her bridal chamber. Edgardo swears to avenge the insult to his family and challenges Enrico to a duel at daybreak among the tombs of Ravenswood.

At Ravenswood, the wedding celebration is abruptly interrupted by Raimondo, who brings the shocking news that Arturo has been found dead in the bridal chamber. Lucia, clutching his dagger, has lost her mind. The guests pray for deliverance from the wrath of heaven. Lucia herself then appears and, imagining she hears Edgardo calling, tells him she has escaped their enemies and invites him to sit with her by the fountain. But in her delusion, she sees a phantom rise up between them and she bids him take refuge with her at the foot of the altar, where she imagines their wedding is taking place.

Believing Lucia is happy in the arms of her husband, Edgardo longs only for death. Mourners from Lammermoor arrive and tell him that Lucia is dying, but before he can reach her, the funeral bell begins tolling. When Raimondo confirms her death, Edgardo vows to join her in heaven. Before anyone can stop him, Edgardo plunges his dagger into his heart.

The Merry Widow, 2003 (Lehár)

This broadcast will be available until 9/14/20.

Normanno   Beau Gibson
Enrico   Scott Hendricks
Raimondo   Oren Gradus
Lucia   Albina Shagimuratova
Alisa   Rachel Willis-Sorensen
Edgardo   Dimitri Pittas
Arturo   Nathaniel Peake

Houston Grand Opera Chorus
Richard Bado, Chorus Master
The Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master Chair

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
Antonino Fogliani, Conductor

Act I 

A group of guards under their leader Normanno have been searching for a prowler on the grounds of

Ravenswood Castle. Lord Enrico Ashton confides to Normanno and the family chaplain Raimondo that he is in desperate financial straits. To replenish the family coffers, Enrico intends to wed his sister Lucia to the wealthy Arturo Bucklaw. Normanno, however, suspects that Lucia is in love with another man — Edgardo of Ravenswood, a member of a rival family. When these suspicions are confirmed, Enrico swears revenge on his sister and her suitor.

With her attendant Alisa, Lucia is waiting for Edgardo in the grounds, near a fountain. Lucia remembers having once seen the ghost of a woman who was murdered by her lover at that fountain. Alisa believes this is a bad omen and urges Lucia to give up her lover. Edgardo arrives. Edgardo tells Lucia he must leave for France before dawn on a vital political mission and has come to say goodbye. First, however, he wants to make peace with Enrico and ask him for Lucia’s hand. Lucia, frightened, begs Edgardo to keep their love secret. Edgardo bitterly recounts the reasons for his hatred of the Ashton family, but the two bid a loving farewell, pledging themselves to each other.

Act II

The marriage arranged by Enrico between his sister and Arturo is imminent, despite Lucia’s protests that she loves Edgardo. Enrico has had all Edgardo’s letters to her intercepted by Normanno, who has also forged one wherein Edgardo tells Lucia that he now loves someone else. Frantically, Lucia reveals to Enrico that she and Edgardo have already exchanged vows. Enrico tells Lucia that the government party he supported has been defeated, and only Arturo can save him from ruin and even death. Lucia appeals to Raimondo, but he begs her to comply with Enrico’s wishes. The wedding guests congratulate Arturo.

Lucia is openly weeping; Enrico explains her tears by saying that she is still mourning her mother’s death, and he forces her to sign the marriage contract. Edgardo suddenly arrives. He is outraged at Lucia’s apparent betrayal, but her torment is obvious and he realizes he still loves her. Enrico and the

guests violently turn on Edgardo. Raimondo intervenes and restores peace, but when Lucia reluctantly admits she has signed the marriage contract, Edgardo demands his ring back and curses their love.

Act III

Immediately after the wedding, Enrico visits Edgardo at Wolf Crag Castle to taunt him with the news that Lucia has been led to her bridal chamber. Edgardo swears to avenge the insult to his family and challenges Enrico to a duel at daybreak among the tombs of Ravenswood.

At Ravenswood, the wedding celebration is abruptly interrupted by Raimondo, who brings the shocking news that Arturo has been found dead in the bridal chamber. Lucia, clutching his dagger, has lost her mind. The guests pray for deliverance from the wrath of heaven. Lucia herself then appears and, imagining she hears Edgardo calling, tells him she has escaped their enemies and invites him to sit with her by the fountain. But in her delusion, she sees a phantom rise up between them and she bids him take refuge with her at the foot of the altar, where she imagines their wedding is taking place.

Believing Lucia is happy in the arms of her husband, Edgardo longs only for death. Mourners from Lammermoor arrive and tell him that Lucia is dying, but before he can reach her, the funeral bell begins tolling. When Raimondo confirms her death, Edgardo vows to join her in heaven. Before anyone can stop him, Edgardo plunges his dagger into his heart.

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