Is it perhaps the result of strategic scheduling that OA's Lucia di Lammermoor opens next week, in the midst of the season of Don Giovanni? Those disgruntled by the new production — I understand there are a few — can nestle, placated, into John Copley's Lucia, which must surely be among the oldest productions still in repertory at Opera Australia. It's on DVD with Our Joan and that film is 22 years old.
Anyway, in accordance with its nice, cosy status, Lucia is getting nice, cosy publicity. So far just this friendly little piece. If I were in a nitpicking mood — and when am I not? — I might quibble with opening claim, that Lucia is "a role so challenging that few attempt it and even fewer succeed." That few completely succeed is no doubt true but a quick Operabase search would suggest that quite a number (at least forty-five in the last twelve months) do at least attempt it. Totally trivial point, however. And given that it's the Telegraph, if that's the extent of the article's utter crap quotient, we're doing remarkably well.
But Emma's happy, Richard's happy, I assume Adrian Collette is happy. All is well. Even I'm happy. To my surprise, I've ceased my predictions of doom and find my hopes for Emma's Lucia renewed. To be fair, my Emma experiences so far (good and not-so-good) do actually suggest she'll make quite a lovely Lucia. Lovely, I suspect, being the key word. Lovely isn't everything. I have better words for Natalie's Lucia. But lovely has its charm and no doubt so will Emma.