First performed in 1849 at the end of Verdi's "early period" (he was 36), Luisa Miller is not one of his strongest dramatically, relying on stereotypes and overheated emotions. The music is nevertheless quite wonderful and memorable in the bel canto style. It preceded La Traviata and Rigoletto and has been overshadowed by both. It's rarely performed.
This 1979 recording shows opera at the Metropolitan as it used to be, with traditional sets and costumes, the 36 y/o James Levine conducting. James Morris as villain is at the beginning of his career, with Iago and Wotan far in the future. And the 38-year-old Placido Domingo is in top voice. Two major voices of the time give outstanding performances: soprano Renata Scotto and Met stalwart, baritone Sherrill Milnes.
Now in our seventh year, Triangle Opera Appreciation is a small group of down-to-earth, gay-friendly opera lovers who enjoy experiencing opera together. We meet every third Sunday or so in a "club house" in North Raleigh. The recreation room is spacious and comfortable, and features a wall mounted high definition television set.
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