Tyrone Paterson has announced that Lyubov Petrova has been cast in the title role in Opera Lyra Ottawa’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Due to personal health reasons, Tracy Dahl is unable to perform.
Lucia di Lammermoor, a dramatic thriller of an opera, will be performed at the National Arts Centre on March 26, 28, 30 and April 2 at 8:00 p.m. The opera, featuring the NAC Orchestra, will be conducted by Opera Lyra Ottawa Artistic Director Tyrone Paterson.
Russian-born Lyubov Petrova is a soprano of note, having appeared on major opera stages around the world. She made her Met debut as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos and has since returned for several roles. She was also featured as the Queen of the Night on the 2006 film of The Magic Flute directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Lyubov Petrova has performed the challenging role of Lucia in Denver at Central City Opera and Pittsburg Opera. Of her role at Central City Opera, the Denver Post raved:
“Petrova, a commanding actress and a singer with seemingly inexhaustible power and blazing technique, impresses throughout the production, but the mad scene — as it should — climaxes her performance. Alternately hushed and explosive, she evocatively conveys Lucia’s hallucinations and fast-shifting moods, without falling into the easy trap of overacting. It is a suitably scary yet poignant portrayal. At the same time, Petrova handles the aria’s intricate ornamentation, leaps in register and other notable vocal challenges with flawless accuracy and seeming ease.”