Lucia di Lammermoor (1982)
133m. Carreras, Ricciarelli, Nucci, Winsauer, J. Dickie, Lorenzi, J.P. Bogart; Gardelli; De Tomasi, dir. In Italian, no subtitles. Color
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Ricciarelli is a harmonically sensitive Lucia who makes drama out of “Regnava nel silenzio,” feeling every word. She uses a heavier, more forceful sound in Act II, acts well and interpolates a D-flat at the end of the sextet.
Carreras feels the part of Edgardo, is in fresh voice and has a good breath span. He’s impassioned in the “Maledetto” section of Act II and sings the opera’s final moments with pathos. Nucci imbues Enrico with great emotional intensity, also a precision of rhythm from which the music benefits. He feels “Cruda funesta smania” in his guts–and gives a spinal chill. His is the most viscerally satisfying account of the aria I’ve heard. Both face and voice ooze disdain.
In Act II Gardelli opens a duet usually cut for Lucia and Raimondo. It’s Bellinian in the beauty of its slow section.–Stefan Zucker