Donizetti wrote Lucia di Lammermoor in 1835, a time when several factors led to the height of his reputation as a composer of opera. Gioachino Rossini had recently retired and Vincenzo Bellini had died shortly before the premiere of Lucia leaving Donizetti as "the sole reigning genius of Italian opera". Not only were conditions ripe for Donizetti's success as a composer, but there was also a European interest in the history and culture of Scotland. The perceived romance of its violent wars and feuds, as well as its folklore and mythology, intrigued 19th century readers and audiences. Sir Walter Scott made use of these stereotypes in his novel The Bride of Lammermoor, which inspired several musical works including Lucia.

Librettist Salvadore Cammarano (Based upon "The Bride of Lammermoor" by Sir Walter Scott)
Premiered 1835, September 26th in Naples, Italy
Type Dramma Tragico
Approx. duration 130 minutes
Spoken language Italian
Instruments Orchestra
Voice (Baritone) - Lord Enrico Ashton ( Lord of Lammermoor, Lucia's brother)
Voice (Soprano) - Lucia, sorella di Lord Ashton
Voice (Tenor) - Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood
Voice (Tenor) - Lord Arturo Bucklaw (Lucia's bridegroom)
Voice (Bass) - Raimondo Bidebent, educatore e confidente di Lucia (a Calvinist chaplain)
Voice (Mezzo-Soprano) - Alisa, damigella di Lucia (Lucia's handmaid)
Voice (Tenor) - Normanno, capo degli armigeri di Ravenswood (huntsman, a retainer of Enrico)
Chorus/Choir - Dame e cavalieri, congiunti di Ashton, abitanti di Lammermoor, paggi, armigeri, domestici di Ashton (Retainers and servants, wedding guests)
Arrangements Franz Liszt: Réminiscences de Lucia di Lammermoor, S. 397
Franz Liszt: Marche et Cavatine de Lucie de Lammermoor, S. 398
Autotranslations beta Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor