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(Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor). Sop. Sister of Enrico, she is the Lucia of the opera's title. She is in love with Edgardo, but to save her brother's financial and political future, she is forced into marriage with Arturo, having been deceived into believing that her loved one has been unfaithful. As soon as she signs the marriage contract, Edgardo appears, and believing she has betrayed him he curses her. Lucia loses her senses, kills her new husband, collapses, and dies. Arias: Quando rapita in estasi…(‘When, lost in ecstasy’); the famous ‘mad scene’: Il dolce suono mi colpì di sua voce! (‘I was struck by the sweet sound of his voice!’); sextet (with Edgardo, Enrico, Raimondo, Arturo, and Alisa): Io sperai che a me la vita tronca avesse il mio spavento (‘I hoped that terror would cut short my life’). This is one of opera's most famous coloratura show‐roles, and the one in which Joan Sutherland burst on to the international scene at Covent Garden in 1959. Created (1835) by Fanny Tacchinardi‐Persiani.

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