Performed at:

(Previously known as South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center)




Lucia di Lammermoor, a tragic drama. Opera in three Acts, music by Gaetano Donizetti with Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano based upon Sir Walter Scott’s historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor.

In Donizetti’s dark drama, young Lucia is caught in the middle of a feud between her family and the man she loves. Forced by her brother to forsake her love and marry for money, she loses more than her happiness–she loses her mind. After she kills her bridegroom, Lucia plunges headlong into madness to Donizetti’s magnificent score in one of opera’s most famous, horrifying, and musically gorgeous scenes.

As the genial Rossini’s retiring and Bellini’s premature death, Donizetti surged in the height of his reputation as a composer becoming “the sole reigning genius of Italian opera”. Not only were conditions ripe for Donizetti’s success as a composer, but there was also a European interest in the history and culture of Scotland. The perceived romance of its violent wars and feuds, as well as its folklore and mythology, intrigued 19th century readers and audiences. Sir Walter Scott made use of these stereotypes in his novel The Bride of Lammermoor, which inspired several musical works including Lucia.


LUCIA ASHTON                                                                           

EGLISE GUTIERREZ. Soprano. Acclaimed Cuban American coloratura Soprano from Opera News as “one of opera’s next wave” for her portrayals of Bel Canto opera’s preeminent leading soprano’s roles. She has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious opera houses performing Gilda in Rigoletto, Violetta in La Traviata, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Elvira in I Puritani and many other coloratura roles of the Italian and French repertoire. Ms. Gutierrez has performed in prestigious opera houses such as Semperoper Dresden, Opernhaus Zürich, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Colon de Buenos Aires and other. On 7 September 2009, she made her house debut at London’s Royal Opera House in the title role of Linda di Chamounix. In 2011, she appeared as Amina in La sonnambula at the Royal Opera House.


MARTIN NUSSPAUMER, Tenor. Uruguayan tenor residing in Miami, has performed in US and South America and Europe where he has appeared with the Charleston Symphony, Ankara’s Presidential Symphony Orchestra, the Odessa Philharmonic, Orchestra Firenze, the Philharmonic of Montevideo, the Istanbul Symphony Orchestra. He has sung leading roles in “La Boheme”, La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, Luisa Fernanda, Eugene Onegin, La battaglia di Legnano, Don Giovanni, Thais, Nabucco”, Falstaff and L’Elisir d’Amore. Recently, Martin appeared as Leonardo in a new production of  Cecilia Valdés at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid.

LORD ENRICO ASHTON (Lucia’s brother)    

  NELSON MARTINEZ, Baritone. Cuban American Baritone began his operatic career at the young age of 19. He joined the Metropolitan Opera’s roster in 2016 covering Count di Luna in The Met’s production of Il trovatore and returned in 2017 singing the role of Monterone in Rigoletto and Giorgio Germont in La Traviata. The 2018/19 season takes Mr. Martinez to LA Opera as Rodrigo in Don Carlo, Germont in La traviata and Michonnet( in Adriana Lecouvreur with the Metropolitan Opera. In the 2013-14 season Mr. Martinez made his debut with the Greek National Opera in the title roles of Rigoletto and Nabucco. He also performed in Nabucco at FGO and, Falstaff at Theatro Municipal de Sao Paolo, Brazil.


                                                                                                       MIKHAIL SMIGELSKI, Bass. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, he performed in two world premieres, singing the lead role of Henry in John Aylward’s Switch with East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, as well as Blue in Michael Zapruder’s Golden with Cohen New Works Festival in Austin, TX. From the outset of his professional career, Mr. Smigelski toured Russia, Europe and the United States. His portrayals include Mars in Orphée aux enfers, both Figaro and Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, Nikitich and Varlaam in Boris Godunov, Herrmann and Schlémil in Les contes dHoffmann and other.  With MLO, he sang the role of Don Basilio in Barber of Seville, Alidoro in La Cenerentola and Zugniga in Carmen.


RAY GONZALEZ, Puerto Rican Tenor, has performed with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, the Fundación de Zarzuela y Operetta of Puerto Rico, the Alhambra Orchestra, the Miami Music Festival, the South Florida Orchestra, Miami Lyric Opera, and other. Mr. Gonzalez performed different leading operatic roles including Don José in Carmen, Javier Moreno in Luisa Fernanda, Don Luis de Haro in Barberillo de Lavapiés, Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, Arturo Burcklaw in Lucia di Lammermoor and othe.




JARED POROUNE.  Tenor. A talented musician, Jared has completed his doctorate studies Miami University. He has participated with MLO in different opera productions as singer and as pianist. Mr. Poroune has been active member of Florida Summer Festival. FGO and other arts ensembles in South Florida and most recently in Italy. In addition of his talent as pianist and coach, Jared has a true passion for the opera and classical music. Presenty he performs as Director of Chorus in FGO.




ELIZABETH DIFRONZO, Alisa. Young American Mezzo-soprano Ms. DiFronzo has portrayed a wide range of characters on the opera stage, such as Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief with Saint George Opera, Mother Goose in The Rake’s Progress among other. She has performed with the Arizona Bach Festival, Musica Nova Orchestra, and the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale.  Ms.  DiFronzo has performed with MLO in past seasons as Tisbe in La Cenerentoa, Flora in la Traviata and Mercedes in Carmen .