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 its sixth year, Triangle Opera Appreciation is a small group of down-to-earth, gay-friendly opera lovers who enjoy experiencing opera. We warmly welcome newbies as well as long-time opera lovers.
We watch recorded performances in members' homes, live broadcasts in stadium movie theaters, and socialize over food and drink. We also schedule Meetups for on-stage performances when available.
Active participation is a requirement to retain membership: attend at least one event every other month or so and keep RSVPs up-to-date. Inactive individuals are encouraged to withdraw.
Our more established group focuses largely on a more traditional repertory of Italian opera as well as Central European, English, and French. A newer, subgroup offers dominantly Russian and German opera and lieder, although it may dip into the other repertories. Most events are held in private homes in North Raleigh, near Crabtree Valley Mall.
We depend on members' donations to meet expenses. The social periods are as important to this group as the operas we enjoy, and these include refreshments. We must also pay subscription costs to Meetup.com.
The mainstream opera events are held on Sunday afternoons in North Raleigh. The subgroup holds its events on Saturday afternoons or Friday evenings. In general we meet each every two or three weeks. DVD's are shown on large screen Blu-ray entertainment systems. Refreshments include soft drinks, wine, cheeses and fruit. Conversation at intermissions is lively! Join us!
The Owner and Organizer of Triangle Opera Appreciation reserves the right to accept or reject requests for membership , cancel memberships, and edit posts by members at his discretion.