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Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast: La Donna del Lago 

Radio Broadcast of Saturday, December 19, 2015, 1:00 P.M. (ET)

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Elena (Joyce DiDonato) at her house near Loch Katrine
© Beth Bergman
 
The 2015–16 Metropolitan Opera broadcast season is
sponsored by Toll Brothers, America’s luxury home builder®,
with generous long-term support from The Annenberg
Foundation, The Neubauer Family Foundation,
The Vincent A. Stabile Endowment for Broadcast Media,
and through contributions from listeners worldwide.
 
La Donna del Lago  
 
Music by GIOACHINO ROSSINI
Libretto by ANDREA LEONE TOTTOLA, based on the poem
The Lady of the Lake, by Sir Walter Scott 
THE CAST    
(in order of vocal appearance)
Elena  mezzo, JOYCE DiDONATO 
Giacomo V  tenor, LAWRENCE BROWNLEE 
Malcolm  mezzo, DANIELA BARCELLONA 
Serano  tenor, EDUARDO VALDES 
Duglas d’Angus  bass, OREN GRADUS 
Rodrigo di Dhu  tenor, JOHN OSBORN 
Albina  soprano, OLGA MAKARINA 
Bertram  tenor, GREGORY SCHMIDT 

Conducted by MICHELE MARIOTTI

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
The Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Production: Paul Curran
Set and costume designer: Kevin Knight
Lighting designer: Duane Schuler
Projection designer: Driscoll Otto
Stage director: Gregory Keller
Chorus master: Donald Palumbo
Musical preparation: Gregory Buchalter,
Joshua Greene, Liora Maurer, Jonathan C. Kelly

Assistant stage director: Sara Erde
Prompter: Joshua Greene
Stage band conductor: Gregory Buchalter
Italian coach: Hemdi Kfir

Production a gift of the Betsy and
Edward Cohen/Areté Foundation,
and Dominique and Frédéric Laffont


Additional funding from
the Annenberg Foundation,
Mr. and Mrs. William R. Miller, and
William and Helen Little

A coproduction of the Metropolitan Opera
and the Santa Fe Opera
 
 
THE SCENES    
Timings (ET)   
(The Scottish highlands, 16th c.)
ACT I  1:00–2:39
    Sc. 1Near Loch Katrine 
    Sc. 2Elena’s house 
    Sc. 3A plain near the lake 
ACT II  3:14–4:22
    Sc. 1A thick wood, near a cavern 
    Sc. 2At the cavern 
    Sc. 3Stirling Castle 
Host: Mary Jo Heath 
Commentator: Ira Siff 
Music producer: Jay David Saks 
Producers: Ellen Keel, William Berger 
Executive producers: Mia Bongiovanni,  
Elena Park 
 
This performance is also being broadcast
on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SiriusXM 
channel 74. 
 
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THE STORY 

ACT I. Loch Katrine, Stirlingshire, Scotland. Elena, the Lady of the Lake, makes her daily crossing, while shepherds watch their flocks and men hunt in the woods. She sings of her love for Malcolm Groeme, but she comes across King James, who has disguised himself as “Uberto,” hoping to meet the legendary beauty Elena. Believing the King to be a hunter who has lost his way, she offers him hospitality, and they depart for her home, while the King’s men search for their disguised leader. 

King James learns that Elena’s father is Duglas d’Angus, his former tutor, who has since joined the Highland Clan that is opposed to James’s rule. He also learns of Elena’s betrothal to Rodrigo di Dhu, the chief of the Highland Clan and enemy of the King, but his jealousy is assuaged by Elena’s lukewarm reaction to the prospect of her marriage. Malcolm, the suitor whom Elena loves, arrives shortly after James departs. Hidden, Malcolm must endure overhearing Duglas order his daughter to marry Rodrigo. After Duglas has left, Malcolm and Elena pledge their love. 

The Highland warriors gather to welcome their leader, Rodrigo, who introduces Elena as his future bride. Malcolm has now resolved to join the clan against the King, but his secret bond with Elena is perceived by Duglas and Rodrigo when they meet. When news arrives of an attack by the King’s army and the omen of a meteor passing in the sky, Rodrigo and his warriors depart for battle. Scotland is at war.

ACT II. Still disguised as “Uberto,” James searches desperately for Elena, hoping to protect her from the coming bloodshed. When he finds her, he once again declares his love, but she rejects his advances. He then gives her a ring, which he claims was given to him by the King and will secure her protection from the King’s forces. Rodrigo, who has overheard the conversation, attempts to have his soldiers kill the stranger, but Elena intercedes. Rodrigo vows to duel with “Uberto” himself. 

Meanwhile, Malcolm has left the battle in the hopes of finding Elena, but he is informed she has followed her father to Stirling Palace to seek peace. Rodrigo is reported to have been killed, and the Highlanders now face certain defeat. Malcolm declares that he will save Elena or face his own death. Elena enters the castle, determined to save the lives of her father, Malcolm and Rodrigo. Using the ring given to her by “Uberto” she gains access to the King’s chambers. 

Elena is surprised to see nobles surrounding “Uberto,” who soon reveals his true identity. His feelings for her soften his attitude towards her father, and he pardons both Duglas and Malcolm. Elena and Malcolm are finally united, and all rejoice as a new peace reigns in Scotland. spacer 

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