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Great Performances At The Met: Lucia Di Lammermoor

Airs Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Natalie Dessay as Lucia and Joseph Calleja as Edgardo in "Great Performances At The Met: Lucia di Lammermoor."

Natalie Dessay triumphed as the fragile heroine of Donizetti’s masterpiece on opening night of the Met’s 2007-08 season in Mary Zimmerman’s hit production. Now she returns to the role of the innocent young woman driven to madness, opposite Joseph Calleja, who sings her lover Edgardo in "Lucia di Lammermoor."

Natalie Dessay as Lucia and Ludovic Tézier as Enrico in "Lucia di Lammermoor."
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Above: Natalie Dessay as Lucia and Ludovic Tézier as Enrico in "Lucia di Lammermoor."

Natalie Dessay as Lucia and Kwangchul Youn as Raimondo as featured in "Lucia di Lammermoor."
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Above: Natalie Dessay as Lucia and Kwangchul Youn as Raimondo as featured in "Lucia di Lammermoor."

Dessay’s recent Great Performances at the Met appearances include Amina in "La Sonnambula" and Marie in "La Fille du Régiment."

They are joined by Ludovic Tézier as Enrico and Kwangchul Youn as Raimondo. Patrick Summers, the Music Director of Houston Grand Opera, conducts.

“Joseph Calleja was sensationally ardent as Lucia’s lover, Edgardo” (The New York Times), the sixth role in his growing Met repertory. His performances in the house have included the title character in Bartlett Sher’s new production of "Les Contes d’Hoffmann" and the lead tenor roles in this season’s revivals of "Rigoletto" and "La Bohème."

French baritone Ludovic Tézier sings Enrico, the villainous brother who forces Lucia into an arranged marriage for his own gain. Korean bass Kwangchul Youn is the chaplain Raimondo.

Maestro Summers, who led the "Iphigénie en Tauride" broadcast in May, has conducted a varied repertory at the Met that includes recent revivals of "Madama Butterfly," "Salome," "I Puritani," and "Rodelinda."

Renée Fleming is the host for "Lucia di Lammermoor." Barbara Willis Sweete directs the broadcast and Jay David Saks is music producer.

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Preview: Great Performances At The Met: Lucia Di Lammermoor

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Above: Natelie Dessay portrays the fragile title heroine of Donizetti’s opera. Joseph Calleja sings Lucia’s lover, Edgardo.