Why See Metropolitan Opera - Luisa Miller?
Placido Domingo returns to the Met!
James Levine and Placido Domingo once again team up with a rarely seen gem by Verdi, that was first performed in 1849, and was his 15th opera, opening up his middle creative period. The first performance of Luisa Miller in more thasings the title role opposite baritone Piotr Beczala. A tragic story of fatherly love rising about social snobbery and rivalry, this Tyrol-based opera takes us high into the Alps! Placido Domingo sings the iconic role of Miller, Luisa's devoted father.
Luisa is desperately in love with Rodolfo, the son of a nearby nobleman, Walter. However, Walter, being a proud man refuses to have his son marry the poor daughter of a retired soldier and conspires with his retainer Wurm to break the two up and have Rodolfo marry a wealthy, widowed duchess, by throwing Luisa's father into jail for a perceived insult..
While Rodolfo meets with the duchess and confesses his love for Luisa, she is being poisoned by Wurm, who convinces her to marry him in order to save her father's life. Under intolerable pressure she renounces Rodolfo; as we can expect, he is furious. The deceit around the innocent couple culminates in tragedy when Rodolfo enacts a terrible revenge on Luisa, wrongly believing that she no longer loves him.
Opening night: 29 March 2018
Three hours forty minutes with two intermissions
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Sung in Italian, surtitled in English, German, Italian and Spanish
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