Notes and Editorial Reviews
'Lucia di Lammermoor' entered my life at an auspicious time. I made my operatic debut in 1956 as Cio-Cio-San in a RAI production of 'Madame Butterfly' that was telecast throughout Europe. Offers to sing more 'Butterflys' flooded in, but I felt it was too early in my career to sing such a dramatic role on a regular basis. When a surprising offer came to sing 'Lucia' at the opera house in Novara, just outside of Milan, I accepted, despite having to learn the role in only six days! In retrospect, I'm very glad that I had never seen 'Lucia' performed before I sang it, for, if I had fully realized its difficulties, I might never have attempted it. Lucia's vulnerability and strength, her progressive madness - all these qualities must be projected while sustaining an evening's worth of vocal pyrotechnics. In the end, however, I had to thank Donizetti and Sir Walter Scott for challenging me - and rewarding me, since, as with most things in life, the greater the difficulties, the greater the rewards. (Anna Moffo) 108 minutes, Italy, 1971, Colour, Sung in Italian with English subtitles.