For $30, today’s Groupon gets you a right- or left-front-orchestra ticket to Opera Birmingham’s production of Lucia Di Lammermoor, to be performed at Samford University's Leslie Stephen Wright Center in Birmingham (a $70 value). Tickets must be picked up in advance at the Opera Birmingham office. Choose between two performance dates:
- Friday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, March 20, at 2:30 p.m.
As northern Alabama’s only professional, regional opera company, Opera Birmingham regularly showcases fresh operatic talent from all over the world with wide-ranging offerings. Lucia Di Lammermoor tells a story of murder, politics, and forbidden love in the feud between the Scottish families of Lammermoor and Ravenswood. Conducted by maestro Andrew Altenbach, the tragic opera features Huntsville native and Beverly Sills Artist Award–winning soprano Susanna Phillips playing the emotionally turbulent role of Lucia. Although performed in Italian, translations will be projected in English.The cast’s vocal-cord vibrations will be supplemented by the Opera Birmingham Chorus and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.
With all 2,640 seats of the Wright Center's Concert Hall within 150 feet of the stage, audience members will be able to view every expression and mole on actors' faces. Click here for directions to the Leslie Stephen Wright Center at Samford University.
The Birmingham News previewed Opera Birmingham's 2010–11 season:
- In March, Susanna Phillips stars in Gaetano Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor." It will be her first time acting in the title role, although she sang it in a concert performance in her home town of Huntsville. – Michael Huebner, Birmingham News