This week's broadcast from San Francisco Opera comes from the archives, a 1974 production of Luisa Miller, starring Luciano Pavarotti and Katia Ricciarelli as Rodolfo and Luisa, respectively.
Based on Friedrich Schiller's 1784 play "Kabale und Liebe" ("Intrigue and Love"), Luisa Miller is the story of a Tyrolean village girl who falls in love with Rodolfo, the son of the local count. Her love is requited, and the count has loftier ambitions for his son; he wishes him to marry the well-connected Duchess Federica. Meanwhile, his vile henchman, Wurm, has more nefarious designs of his own on poor Luisa.
This was Pavarotti's debut performance in the role.
Laura: Gwendolyn Jones
Miller: Louis Quilico
Luisa: Katia Ricciarelli
Rodolfo: Luciano Pavarotti
Wurm: Dieter Weller
Count Walter: Giorgio Tozzi
Federica: Huguette Tourangeau
A Peasant: Joseph Frank
CONDUCTOR: Jesus Lopez-Cabos
DIRECTOR: Beppe de Tomasi
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Byron Dean Ryan