The opera opens in the woods in Scotland, near the Lammermoor Castle on Enrico and his soldiers searching for a trespasser on their lands. Since Lammermoor is in a fiery feud with the Ravenwood family, headed by Edgardo, Enrico suspects that Edgardo is the intruder on their property. Normanno, the Captain of the Guard, welcomes Enrico and gives him an update, stating that Lucia has refused to marry Arturo, a wealthy nobleman that will help aid the family name. Raimondo, a chaplain and serviceman to the family, especially in his guidance of Lucia, enters into the conversation to explain that Lucia should not be forced into a marriage because she is distraught over the death of her mother. Ignoring his pleas, Normanno reveals the fact that Lucia was found with a man in the woods, conducting an affair. Enrico predicts that it is Edgardo, and he and Normanno swear vengeance against Edgardo and the Ravenwood family.
Near their mother’s tomb, Lucia waits for Edgardo by a fountain
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