Its first performance at the San Carlo theatre in Naples on 26th September 1835 an acclaimed success, Lucia Di Lammermoor was a real triumph for Gaetano Donizetti. The Bergamasque composer - who had returned to Naples that year, where he was hailed as a maestro - had met Salvadore Cammarano and they quickly struck up good artistic relations. On the inspiration of Walter Scott's 'The Bride Of Lammermoor', Cammarano wrote a fast-moving libretto typical of a romantic ballad, with a strong formal structure and boosted by first class melody. The love story as described by the two authors is beautiful, yet sad and tragic. Lucia takes on an almost unique role in Italian Opera; a heroine completely bereft of human passion, apart from her total dedication to love. The romantic female character par excellence, capable of bewitching even Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina.