Donizetti’s bel canto masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor- Chicago Lyric Opera

But, ahhhh! The singing! Piotr Beczala was a marvel as Edgardo, singing with romantic ardor and passion and sheer clarion vocalism while letting us see every aspect of the mercurial Ravenswood. Costumed and handsomely wigged in the role, Beczala was softly romantic with Lucia in the first act, furiously swaggering as he challenges Enrico, and finally plaintive and defeated in a deeply moving tomb scene. This tenor is always good, but last night I had the feeling that he has now moved to a higher level of performance.

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