London’s Royal Opera House tries valiantly to spice up Lucia di Lammermoor, promoting the show with Francesca Woodman photography and warning viewers in big bold letters about all the sex and violence that they’ll see. Director Katie Mitchell certainly isn’t afraid of blood, or of shaking things up. Donizetti’s celebrated opera is set in seventeenth-century Scotland, but this adamantly pro-choice version takes place in the Victorian era. Poor Lucia descends violently into madness – the so-called “mad scene” is a primo showoff moment for any soprano – but London critics found the staging busy and over the top. Just right for a movie theater, in other words.