Beniamino Gigli as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, 1924.
Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor
Most famous of all Donizetti's operas is Lucia di Lammermoor, set in seventeenth-century Scotland. With its famous mad scene, the role of Lucia is a starring vehicle for singers such as Amelita Galli-Curci (1882–1963), one of the best-known sopranos of the early twentieth century. However, many men have distinguished themselves in the role of Edgardo, Lucia's star-crossed lover, including Beniamino Gigli (1890–1957), one of the finest tenors of his era.