Lucia di Lammermoor – English National Opera

Thursday 4th February 2010

Reading the reviews prior to booking, led us to believe Lucia di Lammermoor at the English National Opera was worth seeing.

The evening began with a meal at a superb Oriental restaurant near the venue. Nice food, nice wine and ready for the short cab journey to the English National Opera. The venue itself was quite impressive, although not quite sure the same can be said for our seats. The view was excellent, but as the sitting was slightly off centre and on a downhill slope, it meant I had to concentrate more on keeping myself from falling onto the lady next to me, than on the opera itself.

Unlike La Boheme which performed in Italian, this Italian opera was in English. Not sure the reasons behind that decision, but it felt much less powerful, maybe because I could understand what they were saying.

The opera itself was described by a friend as rather depressing half way through and he didn’t change his opinion at the end. I felt the performances were good, even if the storyline wasn’t really inspiring.

Overall, it was nice to add a second opera to my collection, but it’s one I’m unlikely to remember.

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