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Saturday, July 20, 2019 Permalink

At The Opera, Verdi: Luisa Miller (MET 1967 LIVE), July 20, 2019


Luisa Miller is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Salvadore Cammarano, based on the play Kabale und Liebe (Intrigue and Love) by the German dramatist Friedrich von Schiller.

Verdi's initial idea for a new opera – for which he had a contract going back over several years – was rejected by the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. He attempted to negotiate his way out of this obligation and, when that failed, Cammarano came up with the idea of adapting the Schiller play, with which Verdi was familiar. The process was set in motion, with Verdi still living and working on initial ideas from Paris, where he had been living for almost two years before moving back to his home town of Busseto in the summer of 1849. It was from there that he wrote the music and traveled to Naples for rehearsals. The first performance was given on December 8, 1849.

This was Verdi's 15th opera and it is regarded as the beginning of the composer's "middle period".


Miller – Sherrill Milnes

Luisa – Montserrat Caballe

Rodolfo – Richard Tucker

Count Walter – Giorgio Tozzi

Wurm – Ezio Flagello


Thomas Schippers - conductor


8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:14 p.m.
Verdi: Luisa Miller (LIVE MET 1968) BUY MET
Sony 3543843546
10:00 p.m.
10:56 p.m.
Geatano Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 1: Quanto E Bella, Quanto E Cara! BUY Rome Opera; Frencesco Mlinari-Pradelli, conductor
EMI Classics CDM724356559721
10:59 p.m.
Gluck: Orphee et Eurydice (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 41: Act 4: J'ai Perdu mon Eurydice BUY French Radio Orchestra; Georges Pretre, conductor
EMI Classics CDM724356559721
11:00 p.m.
11:03 p.m.
Puccini: La bohme, Act 1: Che Gelida Manina BUY La Scala Opera; Antonino Votto, conductor
EMI Classics CDM724356559721
11:08 p.m.
Verdi: Sherrill Milnes Luisa Miller from Sherril Milnes Luisa Miller Aria; composed by Verdi
11:11 p.m.
Puccini: La bohème, Act 1: Si. Mi Chiamano Mimi BUY from Aria 2: Passion for Opera; composed by Puccini
EMI Classics CDM724356559721

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