Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Preview: Watch the Three ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ Stars In the Famed Mad Scene

“Lucia di Lammermoor “ is, in many ways, the DIVA opera. You have a title role for soprano filled with a ton of duets (one with each of the main male leads), and at the climax of it all, opera’s most famous mad scene. And that’s without mentioning her other aria and the sextet that she dominates.

It’s a daunting task for any soprano and in many ways, the culmination of a career in bel canto style. So it is fitting that for its upcoming revival the Met Opera is bringing not one, or two, but three star sopranos to headline the role.

Here is a breakdown of each one with an adjoining video of an interpretation of the famed mad scene.

Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti 

The Russian singing-actress will get things started on March 22, 2018, as the first of the three divas. She will get a total of five performances including on March 26, 30, April 3, and 7.

She has previously performed the role in Tokyo and Paris to solid acclaim.

Jessica Pratt 

Second up is Jessica Pratt who will get two performances on April 11 and 14. Of the three, she is the most experienced in the role, having appeared as the tragic heroine in Paris, Torino, Florence, Rome, Amsterdam, Berlin, Bologna, Zurich, Sydney, and Milan, among many other places.

Pretty Yende 

Finally, the South African soprano will close out the run with five performances on April 25, 28, May 2, 5, and 10. She made her role debut in 2015 in Berlin and went on to perform the opera in Paris.

This will be her third production of “Lucia (she did it twice in Berlin).”


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4 Comments on "Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Preview: Watch the Three ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ Stars In the Famed Mad Scene"

  1. Alicia Dupres | March 21, 2018 at 1:59 pm | Reply

    Pratt is a real diva. Yende too. But to call “diva” a disaster off pitch, insecure, wobbly and with such a horrible accent like Peretyatko it’s a disgrace for this honorable site.

  2. The MET was smart to bring in Jessica Pratt, unfortunately the other two sopranos are just not in the same league. Olga Peretyatko represents everything that is wrong with the current state of opera, she is a vulgar vocalist without style, technique or charisma. She is an embarrassment to the art and the fact she is headlining this production speaks volumes to the artistic integrity of the MET. Pretty Yende is a better singer, but without a solid technique she often sings under pitch especially in the higher range. One would hope that the MET realizes what a treasure Jessica is and uses her more in upcoming seasons in these belcanto roles.

  3. Peretyatko is clearly the worst Lucia ever. She is simply a failure. Her high notes are thin and off pitch, the middle is wobble, and the lows are spoken. Then, she does not have any pianissimi, the attacks are wrong, many tasteless portamenti and never on pitch. She has not been good ever since she started. Her Eflats are just some strident higj Ds. I don’t understand why the Met has hired such a disaster. Yende Pretty is a good singer, but she has many issues in this role.. She only sang the role 2-3 times. Jessica Pratt has been singing this role constantly since her debut, more than ten years ago. She is the only one who has sang this role for such a long time, at the moment. She has all the ingredients for an unforgettable Lucia.

  4. David McCracken | March 22, 2018 at 12:08 am | Reply

    Peretyatko is NOT a singing actress, she is just a third rate soprano. In the video you have posted, the trills are horrific and the final note is not on pitch and very ugly. The voice is also tiny, and nothing special.
    I like Jessica Pratt, and there are many other renditions of her Lucia on youtube, she sang two different cadenzas, apart from the traditional one, written for Melba. She is excellent, probably the best Lucia at the moment.
    Finally, I also think that Pretty Yende is good, but not exactly the voice for Lucia. Still, Lucia is growing in her, so maybe this will be better.

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