The Matthew Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera Broadcasts of the 2011/12 Lyric Opera of Chicago season continue on Classical 90.5 this Saturday, May 19, at noon with a performance of Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti. Salvadore Cammarano wrote the Italian libretto loosely based upon the historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor by Sir Walter Scott. The performance will run approximately three hours.

In Scotland, Lucia and Edgardo are breathlessly, desperately in love. But their two clans are bitter rivals, so Lucia’s villainous brother Enrico sets out to kill his young sister’s romance. And he deploys every devious device he can muster, including lies, forgery, and finally the false revelation of Edgardo’s infidelity. It is little wonder, therefore, that Lucia is mentally crushed and destroyed, driven to madness and murder before she dies of a broken heart.

Massimo Zanetti makes his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as conductor. Michael Black is the chorus master.

Lucia: Susanna Phillips
Edgardo: Giuseppi Filianoti
Enrico: Brian Mulligan
Raimondo: Christian Van Horn