Atlanta Opera 2011


Opera News' Atlanta Opera Lucia di Lammermoor from Opera News

November 12, 2011

Stage director Tomer Zvulun brought his signature cinematic vision to Atlanta Opera's 2011–12 season opener, Lucia di Lammermoor (seen Nov. 12), working in a style reminiscent of his 2009 AO production of Der Fliegende Holländer. Lighting designer Robert Wierzel and projection designer Ruppert Bohle gave us spooky, oversized shadows, craggy trees and a foreboding ambiance from the start, abetted by imposing stone walls and tombstones, designed by Erhard Rom.

Atlanta Opera's ‘Lucia' is crazy good from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 16, 2011

In this fourth staging of “Lucia” by Atlanta Opera, directed by Tomer Zvulun, the mad scene is especially gruesome. It is set up by an affecting bass solo from Arthur Woodley as Raimondo, the chaplain who explains to wedding guests that Lucia has murdered Arturo.

What follows is grisly. It’s surprisingly bloody. The white light cast upon the bridal suite is unabashed. Arturo’s exsanguinated corpse could be from “The Walking Dead.” But what’s chilling is Jarman’s bipolar performance, with scattered stumbling from stage left to right, tears one second, then Cheshire cat grin and cackling trills, the next. It’s a multidimensional depiction of Lucia's madness, a role that tends to rest on its sorrow.

Adding another effective dimension are the 3-D projections of the grounds, cemetery and rooms in Lammermoor castle designed by Ruppert Bohle. The screens add depth and texture to the sets, along with increased perspective of the stage. The projection that received audible gasps was of a ghost that appeared within a painting. The superb lighting work from Robert Wierzel helped support the story, using imposing shadows when Enrico demands Lucia’s compliance.

Atlanta Opera's "Lucia di Lammermoor" pulls out all the stops from creative Loafing

November 18, 2011

Lucia is the show that will clue you in. Here's what the fuss is about: Gorgeous voices, awesome sets, amazing music, and outrageous drama. Lucia pulls out all the stops and creates one of Atlanta's most glamorous, romantic, and exciting nights at the theater in ages.

Lucia di Lammermoor tells the Romeo and Juliet-like story of a young girl in Scotland who falls in love with a mystery man who turns out to be from a rival family. Her brother tricks her into marrying the rich groom he's picked out for her, and their wedding night ends up as, well, something of a bloody mess. Donizetti's famous bel canto score has a drive and beauty that keep the tension at a constant boil, and Erhard Rom's set designs for the Atlanta production have a wonderful cinematic flare with a suggestive and totally original hint of Southern Gothic.