Lucia di Lammermoor

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Lucia di Lammermoor is an Italian tragic opera in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1838)[1] and Salvatore Cammarano (1801-1852)[2].

The original text

Based on the famous historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor by Sir Walter Scott (published in 1819)[3], the opera was first performed to acclaim on September 26, 1835 at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Italy.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1893-4: Performed as Lucia di Lammermoor by Ancarina Massimimi and her Italian Opera Company on tour in South Africa under the auspices of impresario A. Bonamici, possibly in combination with his Lyric Opera Company. The tour included performances in the Opera House, Cape Town.


D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.401

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