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Late advisory: Live, free Lucia with Diana Damrau…. in two hours’ time presents Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja, live for the first time in a free webcast!  

Donizetti’s tragic opera Lucia di Lammermoor in Concert with Opera Stars Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja to be Broadcast Live in HD from the Gasteig in Munich on July 10th at 7:30PM CEST on!


Damrau, Diana_Michael Tammaro_2_300dpi is very proud to present this live program, free of charge in HD to opera fans all over the globe, with a cast of the greatest singers of today:  Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja and other renowned singers such as Ludovic Tézier, Marie McLaughlin, Nicolas Testé andDavid Lee, conducted by Jesús López-Cobos who leads the Munich Opera Orchestra and Philharmonischer Choir. 

This concert version of Donizetti’s opera in three acts, composed in 1835, and premiered at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, is based on Sir Walter Scott’s historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor.   The opera tells the story of Lucy Ashton, caught up in the family feud between her family and the Ravenswoods, and her descent into madness after she is forced to marry Arturo instead of her love Edgardo.    The story is set in 17th century Scotland with a libretto written by Salvadore Cammarano,

Diana Damrau, one of today’s leading coloratura sopranos, is a regular guest of the most important opera houses and concert venues, including the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Scala di Milano, to name a few.   In 2007 she was awarded the title Bayerische Kammersängerin and, in 2008, named “Singer of the Year” by Opernwelt magazine.  For more information about this artist:

Joseph Calleja a native of Malta, is one of today’s most eminent tenors, also sharing an equally important career as Ms. Damrau with regular appearances at the most prestigious theaters all over the world. More information:

Join us on the 10th of July at 7:30pm CEST:!  

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  1. Doesn’t work — not on my computer.

  2. RachDminor says:

    It’s working here.

  3. itrinkkeinwein says:

    Not staged, not compatible with many plug-ins, not worth promoting, IMHO.

    Separately, Calleja has pulled out of a low-profile Cuvilliés-Theater concert on July 22 without reason given, as far as I know, letting down his “Rigoletto” colleagues Patrizia Ciofi and Franco Vassallo, with whom he sings on July 20 and 24: “Wegen der Absage von Joseph Calleja kommt es beim 5. Festspiel-Kammerkonzert am 22.07.2013 zu einer Programmänderung: Okka von der Damerau interpretiert Lieder von Richard Wagner.”

    • itrinkkeinwein says:

      … to be clear, Patrizia Ciofi and Franco Vassallo did not pull out of their commitments to sing on July 22. Only Calleja. Is he “too big” now? Just being lazy? Why no explanation?

  4. I keep getting an Error message. Where’s “here”?

  5. jjbennett says:

    Norman — thank you for posting this. I tuned in to catch the last 15 mins of Act I. Now an intermission. What would we do without you?

  6. operacentric says:

    I’ve been looking forward to this for days – unfortunately, none of the four browsers I tried could load or play the stream. Tried also to run some of the link code behind the web page, again without success. Very disappointed…

  7. Peter Freeman says:

    “Error: Unsupported video type or invalid file path” is all I am getting.

  8. Peter Freeman says:

    I managed eventually to pick up almost all of the Mad Scene and the rest of the opera via, appropriately, the latest Opera web browser. What a wasteful shame this concert can only ever be viewed once! I would have liked to have seen the rest of it. For those of us who have cherished memories of seeing Sutherland, Sills and other towering Lucias, Damrau is surely a worthy successor, and acted her heart out despite it being a concert performance. Calleja is such an honest, forthright performer and brilliant singer, Lopez-Cobos a much-underrated conductor. It was unfortunate that some tactless camera work, some of it from strangely-chosen angles, showed empty seats at the front of the stalls and a lone person seated in each of the two side galleries which ought to have been kept unpopulated.

    • Dear all,

      First of all, thank you Norman for announcing our stream! We had a lot of viewers coming from Slipped Disk, and we are very grateful!

      I apologize that some of you had problems watching the stream, there were issues with some browsers, apparently. We connected with the audience via facebook during the stream, and for those who had problems, we provided immediately an alternative link which seemed to solve the problem for most. We had fantastic feedback on our facebook page, so most were able to watch it. Of course, if we had sponsors behind us perhaps we would have better technical capabilities, however, we are doing our best right now to offer exciting programs, and for the moment we are bearing all these costs ourselves, and we are offering the programs for free. (and thank you so much Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja and the other wonderful artists who agreed to sing for a worldwide audience!!)

      It is not a wasteful shame as we will offer the program from Friday night on on-demand for 2 weeks for free. I hope that you’ll all have the chance to watch it then on

      Samantha Farber

  9. sorry guys, there was only one really great Lucia, Maria Callas! Get her with di Stefano live from Berlin conducted by Karajan, never ever anything like this has happened since…

  10. Peter Freeman says:

    Tristan, I omitted to include Callas because, unlike those mentioned, I never saw her perform that role. It would therefore have been dishonest to claim any knowledge other than of her audio recorded legacy which is available to all.

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