LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
Music by Gaetano Donizetti.
Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano.
First performed in 1835.
Based on historical events & immortalised in Sir Walter Scott's novel 'The Bride of Lammermoor,' this three act 'Dramma Tragico' is set in the untamed Lowlands of medieval Scotland. Star crossed lovers, Lucia Ashton & Sir Edgardo Ravenswood, meet in secret. Dodging a vicious clan war between their opposing families, they are entangled in a battle where loyalty, honour & family are the greatest of weapons besides the broadsword. Ultimately it is uncertain whether both sides are destroyed or redeemed by the horrific consequences of true love...
The perceived romanticism of Scotland's violent wars and feuds, folklore and mythology, has intrigued readers and audiences since the 1600's, and continues to do so to this very day.
Introducing, Hannah Dahlenberg as Lucia & Martin Thomas Buckingham as Edgardo.
Both artists triumphantly return from Europe to join the company.
The entire cast, crew and orchestra lifted, in what could only be described as a truly inspirational performance! Every person on stage and off made their debut performance last night. The Hobart Chamber Orchestra played like never before!! Maestro Greg Stephens at the podium, the calm center of a maelstrom, flooding from the pit. Local, Tom Buckmaster, at 20 years old put in a fantastic cameo as Arturo. Michaela Darlington, her first time in an opera, displayed the confidence and ability of a veteran. Gennadi Dubinsky in the role of Raimondo, filled the theatre effortlessly with a world class bass voice. Douglas McRae, as Enrico (Baritone), often challenged Martin Buckingham's Edgardo (tenor), skillfully throwing in any and all possible optional top notes. Martin Buckingham as Edgardo was a tour de force, the power and strength in his voice perfectly matched by the beautiful precision of Hannah Dahlenburg's effortless coloratura......there are to many high points!!
Production Team & Cast 2016
Director & Producer
Martin Thomas Buckingham
Conductor - Gregory Stephens
Senior Coach & Repetiteur
Lucia - Hannah Dahlenburg
Australian- Canadian Soprano Hannah Dahlenburg is a regular guest artist for Opera Australia performing Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute (2016, 2015, 2014) and ‘nailing every note of the famous aria with startling accuracy and clarity, whilst striding the stage with confidence and flair’ (Arts Review, 2014) as Queen of the Night and First Lady for their highly acclaimed Regional Touring (2015, 2014) and Opera on the Beach (2014).
Hannah’s operatic roles include: Queen of the Night, First Lady, Second Lady and Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte; Blonde in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail; Lucia in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor; Oscar in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera; Diane in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld; Daughter Anne in Glass/Moran’s The Juniper Tree; La Musica in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo; Diane in Actéon by Charpentier; Second Woman in Dido and Aeneas by Purcell.
She joined Opera Australia in 2012 as a Principal Artist with the Schools Company, performing The Magic Flute as the Queen of the Night, Lady and Papagena before performing in the Salzburg Festival in August 2013 in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream under Conductor Ivor Bolton, currently out on DVD.
Hannah has also been a soloist for many Australian ensembles including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, La Compañia, the Box Hill Chorale and Melbourne University Choral Society with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Consort of Melbourne. Her concert repertoire includes: Handel Messiah, Bach Johannes-Passion and Coffee Cantata (BWV 211), Brahms Requiem, Mozart
Mass in C Minor, Vesperae Solemnis de Confessore, Requiem, Exultate Jubilate and Orff Carmina Burana.
She has been awarded numerous prizes and scholarships including: Martin Bequest Travelling Scholarship 2015,2016; Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant 2014; PPCA Performers Trust Grant 2014; Second in the North-western Regional Finals of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions 2013; The Leverhulme Royal Northern College of Music Award and Christine Leaves Award as a Finalist in the Australian Singing Competition 2013; the Encouragement Award in the prestigious 2011 Herald Sun Aria Finals; Scholarships in 2011 and 2012 from Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust including the Mel and Nina Waters Scholarship. Hannah was also a Finalist in the 2013 Opera Foundation Australia German Opera Scholarship.
In 2015 Hannah completed a Masters of Music at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester as a Leverhulme Arts Scholar, awarded as part of the 2013 IFAC Australian Singing Competition was a ‘thrilling’ (Guardian, June 2015) soloist for the UK premiere of Penderecki Symphony No. 7: Seven Gates of Jerusalem, conducted by the composer. She completed her Bachelor of Music (Performance) with Honours at the Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne in 2010.
Lord Enrico Ashton, Lord of Lammermoor - Douglas McRae
Douglas began his singing career at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), obtaining a Bachelor of Performance. Then followed further study at the Australian National Academy of Music, Victoria, where he trained with Sarah Walker, Gregory Yurisich and Marilyn Richardson.
Douglas went on to make his professional debut with the West Australian Opera Company in 1998. What followed was a plethora of scholarships, including the prestigious Elizabethan Theatre Trust scholarship which allowed Douglas to study around the world. He has performed with many opera companies in Australia. Major operatic roles have included Tashtego (Moby Dick) by Jake Heggie, Marcello (La Boheme), Germont (La Traviata), Figaro (The Barber of Seville & The Marriage of Figaro), the Father (Hansel and Gretel), Papageno, Danilo (The Merry Widow), Don Alfonso (Cosi fan Tutte), Nardo (La Finta Giardiniera), Publio (La Clemenza di Tito), Capperdocian and 1st Soldier (Salome), Bottom in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the Father in the modern opera, Greek by Mark Anthony Turnage.
Douglas has been a Principal with Oz Opera and has sung with Opera Australia for several years. Douglas also performed many minor roles in the Australasia tour of The Phantom of the Opera in 2009. He has appeared in concert as a soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana for the Sydney Philarmonia, Brahm's German Requiem for St Stephen's Cathedral, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen for Woollahra Philharmonic and other oratorios around Australia such as Handel’s Messiah, the Faure Requiem, and Haydn and Beethoven masses.
Doug is also performs with many corporate acts such as The Three Waiters and The Australian tenors. For the last three years Doug has been touring the world performing in The Phantom of the Opera.
Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood - Martin Thomas Buckingham
Martin Thomas Buckingham has been described as ‘electric’ in performance. His portrayal of Rodolfo prompted one reviewer to remark, “(he) radiates charm and charisma as his beautiful tenor voice enchants the audience with Puccini’s romance.”
In reguard to his recent performance in Tosca, Australian Stage remarked, "Buckingham's portral of the painter Cavaradossi was very impressive and his rich tenor voice easily negotiated the demands of this challenging role."
Martin began his studies as a singer, actor, dancer on the Music Theatre stage. Graduating from the Australian Institute of Music on full scholarship with a Bachelor of Music Theatre with 1st class honours, Martin continued his studies at Charles Sturt University on a Commonwealth Scholarship obtaining a Masters in Visual and Performing Arts. After a short time at the Sydney Conservatorium Opera Studio, Martin began his work with Opera Australia. In his initial 4 years with the company, Martin appeared in over 40 productions, covering and performing some 13 assorted roles.
Since then Martin has performed in the United Kingdom, Europe and China and has appeared in the Edinburgh, Melbourne and Sydney Festivals; toured Queensland, The Northern Territory and Western Australia; performed as soloist with the Beijing, Sydney, Melbourne, Strathfield, Penrith, Strathfield and Willoughby Symphony Orchestras; The Australian Opera Ballet Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, The Metropolitan Orchestra, The Tasmanian Studio Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra, Handa's Opera on the Harbour, Oz Opera, Opera Van Diemensland, Sydney Independent Opera, Newcastle Festival Opera, Australian Youth Opera, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, The Australian Tenors and Royal Caribbean’s 'Bravo' Cruise.
In 2015 Martin continues to perform with Opera Australia in the role of Pinkerton in Opera Australia’s Melbourne Season of Madama Butterfly as well as covering major roles in La Boheme, Faust, Turandotand La Traviata. He also features in their Great Opera Hits concert series, staged in the iconic Joan Sutherland Theatre from December 2014 till March 2015.
As 2016 approaches, Martin's calendar is already filling. Already on the agenda are performances of the role of the Edgardo with Opera Van Diemensland, Calaf with Sydney Independent Opera and performing the role of the Premier in Opera Australia's new Australian Production of Sydney Opera House the Opera or The 8th Wonder. He will also be covering the role of Don Jose in a brand new production of Carmen directed by John Bell.
Raimondo Bidebent, a chaplain - Gennadi Dubinsky
In 1992, Gennadi moved to Australia and, since that time, has built up an impressive list of musical and acting credits. He has appeared as soloist with the SBS Youth Orchestra, the Sydney Concert Orchestra and many clubs and entertainment centres. For many years, Gennadi was a featured artist on Opera Afloat – a nightly performance of operatic highlights performed on the waters of Sydney Harbour.
Gennadi was a featured member of the Showstoppers troupe starring Maggi Scott which won the Mo Award in 1998 for ‘Best Show of the Year’. He has also performed his one-man show in the style of Ivan Rebroff winning praise for his interpretation both of operatic arias and Russian songs. Gennadi has toured this show to Russia and Turkey.
In 2008, he made his début with Opera Queensland as Sarastro in The Magic Flute and Timur in Turandot for Opera Queensland.
The following year, Gennadi became a full-time soloist with Opera Australia. Since then, he has sung Ramphis inAida, Lorenzo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, The Priest in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and took principal bass roles in La fanciulla del West, Le nozze di Figaro, Macbeth and Rigoletto; he also sang Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro for New Zealand Opera in Auckland and Wellington.
Recent concert appearances have included those with the Sydney Symphony (in Pique Dame), Sydney Philharmonia (in Carmen) and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (in Verdi’s Requiem).
In 2014, Gennadi Dubinsky sang Monterone in Rigoletto for Opera Australia and appeared as The Bonze in Madama Butterfly for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. He returned to the national company in 2015 as The King in Aida, The Mandarin in Turandot and Dr. Grenvil in La traviata.
In 2016, Gennadi Dubinsky sings Nourabad in The Pearlfishers and Chelio in The Love for Three Oranges for Opera Australia. He will also appear as The Mandarin in Turandot for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.
Gennadi was born and educated in Russia and, in the 1980s, was a soloist with both the State Theatre of Operetta and Moscow State Concert organisation performing major roles in Kalman’s Circus Princess, Strauss’ Die Fledermausand Ptichkin’s Women’s Revolt. During this period, Gennadi performed in many concerts and frequently appeared on radio and television.
Lord Arturo Bucklaw, Lucia's bridegroom - Tom Buckmaster
Tom Buckmaster (tenor) is a medical research student from Hobart, who has sung since age 11. Singing initially with Melbourne Grammar School’s chapel choir, he progressed to Gondwana singers in 2011, and Gondwana Chorale in 2012, 14, culminating in a performance of Paul Stanhope’s ‘Jandamarra’. He has appeared in the musicals Jesus Christ superstar and Oliver! He sung Schubert lieder as a soloist for Tasmanian Chorale. Tom is scheduled to sing the tenor solo in Misa Criolla with Orpheus Choir, and Monsieur Vogelsang in a concert performance of ‘Der Schauspieldirektor’. The role of Arturo in ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ is his operatic debut.
Alisa, Lucia's handmaid - Michaela Darlington
Michaela Darlington is a classical soprano based in Hobart, Tasmania. She completed her studies in classical voice under Australian soprano Jane Edwards at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music in early 2015. She is currently studying with Pianist and Vocal Coach Jennifer Marten-Smith.
Michaela has been involved in numerous local events and productions including Melbourne Opera’s touring production of Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte, and has contributed to events with the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, Festival of Voices Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, Government House Functions; including a recital in celebration of the successes of the Tasmanian Music Teachers Association and is also a member of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
Michaela has also participated in numerous master classes for Dr Rowena Cowley, Suzanne Johnston and esteemed UK Choral conductor David Lawrence. She performs regularly at events for the Society of Creative Anachronism and ran a masterclass specialising in early English music at their last major learning festival in 2015.
Michaela has recently been involved in several recitals, intimate concerts and art exhibitions exploring twentieth century Art Song and performed various arias at Art on Legs 2015. Earlier this year she sang Rebecca Rigby in Bijoux Creative’s production of the Hatpin, an Australian Musical Drama based on a criminal case pivotal to Australian legal history. Alisa in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor will be her debut in an operatic role.
Normanno, huntsman; a retainer of Enrico - Damon Hawker