Romance, hatred and heartbreak in tragic opera

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Love, death, jealousy, betrayal, murder, deceit and madness... Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor it has all, plus melodies from start to finish.

The work is the latest production from Heber Opera.

Spokeswoman Gillian Goodsman explains: “Gentle, dutiful Lucia loses her heart to the hot-headed and passionate Edgardo, her brother Enrico’s sworn enemy.

“When he learns of their love, Enrico determines to separate them, deceiving Lucia into believing that Edgardo no longer loves her and forcing her into a marriage advantageous to his family.

“Edgardo believes she has betrayed him and her descent into madness, the innocent victim of hatred, is both dramatic and heartbreaking.”

Soloists Veronica Brooks, Tim Crouch, Nick Forrest, Steve Hawksley, Mike Mackenzie, Sally Wilson and John Gill are supported by the Heber Opera chorus and orchestra, under the direction of Michael Withers. The director is Roger Clow.

Performances are:

Friday, June 6, 7.30pm – St Peter’s Church, Henfield; Saturday, June 7, 7.30pm – Adastra Hall, Hassocks; Sunday, June 8, 6pm – The Steyning Centre; Thursday, June 12, 7.30pm – St George’s Church, Kemp Town, Brighton; Friday, June 13, 7.30pm – Hurstpierpoint Village Centre; Saturday, June 14, 7.30pm – The King Edward Hall, Lindfield; Sunday, June 15, 6pm – Uckfield Civic Centre, Uckfield.

Tickets are £14 (£12 concessions) for reserved seats and £12 (£10 concessions) for non-reserved seats.

Contact the box office on 01273 543709.