LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
Enrico Ashton is still insisting on his sister’s marriage to lord Bucklow. His sister’s supplications and tears fall on deaf ears – he is adamant. When the girl decides to tell him that she is betrothed to another man, Enrico shows her a false letter bearing evidence of Edgardo’s unfaithfulness. Enrico Ashton gives orders for the palace to be readied for the wedding ceremony.
Lucia is in despair. Even her faithful tutor Bidebent cannot console her. Believing in Eduardo’s unfaithfulness he advises the girl accept her fate.
Edgardo finds refuge in the old ruins of Wolf’s Crag tower in the dilapidated castle of his ancestors, and gloomily mulls over his past. He is interrupted by Enrico, who challenges him to a duel. The enemies decide to fight at dawn.
A wedding banquet in Ashton castle’s luxurious halls. The festivities are interrupted by the arrival of Raimondo Bidebent, who brings terrible news: Enrico’s sister has lost her mind in a fit of despair and has killed Lord Arturo. Lucia appears, looking miserable. Her eyes wild, she feels the murdered woman’s ghost again. Addressing an invisible Edgardo, she begs him to forgive her and falls unconscious.
Flattened by grief, Enrico asks Raimondo Bidebent to look after his poor sister. Raimondo curses Normanno for his treachery that has brought so many misfortunes.