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Opera Cheat Sheet

Opera Cheat Sheet: La Donna del Lago

An intro to Rossini’s bel canto classic, Saturday’s noon Met Opera broadcast.


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Gioachino Rossini
Gioachino Rossini (painter unknown). Public domain.

In this week’s Opera Cheat Sheet, Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn and Eric Skelly of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra discuss Rossini’s 1819 bel canto masterpiece La Donna del Lago.  Based on Sir Walter Scott’s narrative poem The Lady of the Lake, and set in the early 16th century, the opera is a tale of love, loyalty and lochs in the Scottish Highlands.

You can hear the Metropolitan Opera’s production of La Donna del Lago, featuring superstar soprano Joyce DiDonato in the title role, Saturday, March 14th, at noon on Houston Public Media Classical 91.7 or online at