Verdi: Luisa Miller

  • November 17, 2013 · 1:15 PM
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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.

In three acts. 148 minutes. Synopsis.

Sherrill Milnes

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  • Steve L.

    Superb singing in a powerful opera. It's a pity this opera has been neglected, overshadowed by La Traviata and Rigoletto.

    1 · November 21, 2013

  • Irwin S.

    What enthralling voices these majestic opera stars of Luisa Miller have/had!

    November 17, 2013

  • Grace L.

    Excellent cast! Wonderful to see the young James Morris again!

    November 17, 2013

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