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Opera & Musical Theater

Opera Cheat Sheet: La Donna del Lago

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



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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 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.

Lancelot Speed (1860-1931), "The Lady of the Lake"
“The Lady of the Lake”

You can hear the Metropolitan Opera's production of La Donna del Lago, featuring superstar soprano Joyce DiDonato in the title role, Saturday, December 19th, at noon on Houston Public Media Classical 91.7 or online at