TITLE: LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
COMPOSER: GAETANO DONIZETTI
WHERE: THE METROPOLITAN OPERA
THE BOTTOM LINE: The ghosts of Poe and Bram Stoker breathe new life into an old bel canto war-horse.
In a program note to her startling, macabre -- and, on opening night, lustily booed -- new production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at the Metropolitan Opera, Francesca Zambello cites as inspiration the gloomy tales of Edgar Allan Poe and the brooding landscapes of Caspar David Friedrich, both contemporaries of the composer. Maybe. But those with an eye for contemporary culture -- and the weekly grosses of Francis Ford Coppola's latest...