Costume design for Joan Sutherland as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor

Maker and role
Artist: Michael Stennett, British, born 1946

Object detail

Gouache on paper
15 x 9 7/8in (38.1 x 25.1cm)
Credit line
Gift of The Tobin Endowment
Accession number
Theatre production
Opera by Gaetano Donizetti. Produced by the Metropolitan Opera, New York, 1983.


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Public comments

Musicologist Sarah Chesney writes about Lucia di Lammermoor noting "...the costumes are visually superficial, acting to amalgamate the Scottish people..." At the 1835 London premier—Lucia "... did not wear tartan, and certainly … wearing tartan had associations Italians were unlikely to be aware of.” Since neither "Ashton," nor "Ravenswoods" tartans are in the official Scottish registry, my hunch is Attilio Colonnello, 1982 Met designer, selected real tartans for fictitious characters – all associated with Scotland's south, the opera’s setting. Lucia Ashton (Sutherland) wears a muted green/cranberry (Crawford?) sash, while Edgardo Ravenswoods (Kraus) wears a blue/green tartan with red band and white pinstripe (Ferguson?) tartan, each of which has variations. All in all, it appears no tartan is specific to the characters; only to the setting. I hope this information helps!

- R. Scott Blackshire, Curator, Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts posted 3 years ago.

What tartans are Lucia and Edgardo wearing in act 1 of the Met's production.? 1982 -Met's Stream on 5/15.2020 -

- Linda Breuning posted 3 years ago.

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