Verdi's 'Luisa Miller' From Hamburg

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Thursday, September 03, 2015

Verd's 'Luisa Miller' from the Hamburg State Opera. Verd's 'Luisa Miller' from the Hamburg State Opera. (Monika Rittershaus)
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Verdi wrote "Luisa Miller" in 1849, and it's not his most famous Friederich Schiller-based opera. That distinction would go to his sprawling drama "Don Carlos." But of the two, "Luisa Miller" is surely the more straightforward and accessible, with its story of young love plagued by corrupt politics, class conflicts and bitter family squabbles.

In fact, the play's title provides appropriately operatic names for the first two acts of Verdi's drama. They're taken from Schiller's original "Love" and "Intrigue." The title of the final act is a bit more ominous, and perhaps even more operatic, "Poison."

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents this early gem by Verdi in a production from the Hamburg State Opera. The stars are soprano Nino Machaidze in the title role, with tenor Ivan Magrì as Rodolfo, in a production led by conductor Simone Young.

Cast:

Luisa Miller: Nino Machaidze (soprano) Luisa Miller
Rodolfo: Ivan Magrì (tenor)
Miller: George Petean (baritone)
Count Walter: Tigran Martirossian (bas)
Wurm: Oliver Zwarg (bass)
Countess Federica: Christina Damian (mezzo-soprano)

Hamburg State Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Simone Young, conductor

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