"a recording of Lucia di Lammermoor"

Lucia di Lammermoor is a tragic opera in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848), which is loosely based on The Bride of Lammermoor, a novel by Sir Walter Scott. It was first performed in Naples in 1835.

The opera is particularly well known for its penultimate scene, often known as ‘the mad scene’: Lucia appears distraught and blood-soaked before her assembled wedding guests, having murdered the husband she has just been forced to marry.

Listen here on Spotify to Il dolce suono ('The sweet sound'), the aria Lucia sings following the murder, when she imagines herself with Edgardo, the man she loves.