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Lucia di Lammermoor

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So, I am intrigued by an opera which probably comes as no surprise to my friends reading. It’s called Lucia di Lammermoor. Honestly, I do not know anything about it other than what the wikipedia page says. It revolves around the character of Lucia who over the course of the opera falls in love with a man who her family doesn’t approve of (a blood feud sort of thing). However, it ends badly for both of them…it is a tragic opera after all…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucie_de_Lammermoor#Lucie_de_Lammermoor

Why was I turned onto this opera one might ask? It appears in the movie The Fifth Element. Diva Plavalaguna, the blue alien chick, performs an aria called “Il dolce suono” or “The Sweet Sound”from it  in her diva dance scene. Sang by Albanian soprano Inva Mula-Tchako, it has quite an impact on the feel of the movie and excites musical people like myself (I am guilty of watching that section of the movie just to see the song).

It is a beautiful piece of music and is both technically and vocally challenging. If done right, it is a striking piece of music that compliments the lead soprano’s voice and range. I have to say that I like the version by Natalie Dessay (who I know nothing about).

Maybe I can find a good DVD version of the show.

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