Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor, Sextet and Finale from Act II

Lucia loves Edgardo, but her treacherous brother Enrico has tricked her into believing that Edgardo is unfaithful. So Lucia reluctantly marries Arturo. Edgardo bursts into the wedding, but he is too late to prevent Lucia’s vows and he bitterly curses her.

The summary sounds like ridiculous, over-the-top melodrama–and it is! Few scenes in opera are better than this one for showing how grand opera can take a kernel of the ridiculous and make it blossom as something sublime.

Performed by Anna Netrebko (Lucia), Colin Lee (Arturo), Piotr Beczala (Edgardo), Mariusz Kwiecien (Enrico), Ildar Abdrazakov (Raimondo), and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Marco Armiliato. (5 minutes)

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