If you thought Oklahoma was the ultimate in revisionist theatre wait until you see Lucia di Lammermoor at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Taking this bel canto opera and updating the location and time to a hybrid current century, is a jaw dropper. Some of the startling devices are characters using cell phones and a camera following the characters periodically with projections so the audience is intimately involved with the characters and plot. It can be distracting but if you can appreciate the conductor-Lina González-Granados and male singers-ARTURO CHACÓN-CRUZ and ALEXANDER BIRCH ELLIOTT you’ll be mesmerized. The soprano AMANDA WOODBURY has the acting chops even if her tones aren’t always beautiful. LIV REDPATH who takes over the part at the end of September into October may come close to the performances of Joan Sutherland or Beverly Sills.
Christopher Koelsch on LA Opera’s new “Lucia di Lammermoor” | LA Opera