Luisa Miller: After the Curtain Falls

Verdi's Luisa Miller tells the story of sweet, vulnerable Luisa, who loves Rodolfo, the son of a ruthless, unethical nobleman whom Luisa’s father loathes. Memorable arias (including "Quando le sere al placido," one of the composer’s greatest tenor hits), exciting duets, and thrilling ensembles abound in this tale of star-crossed love and violent jealousy.

Craving more about Giuseppe Verdi and Luisa Miller? Lyric has lots of suggestions and resources to help you explore more about this production and its stories. Read on for cast profiles and video extras, suggestions on further reading and listening, relive moments from the show, take in notes about the opera and much more. Enjoy!

The Story

Verdi’s sumptuously beautiful romantic drama tells the story of sweet, vulnerable Luisa, who loves Rodolfo, the son of a ruthless, unethical nobleman whom Luisa’s own father loathes. The young couple’s relationship leads to catastrophe in a drama that breathes passion and excitement. Memorable arias (including “Quando le sere al placido,” one of the composer’s greatest tenor hits), breathtaking duets, and thrilling ensembles abound in this tale of star-crossed love and violent jealousy. Lyric’s first presentation of this electrifying work in more than three decades will be a feast for all devotees of Verdi and Italian opera.

 

The Music

Like all the other great Verdi operas Lyric has presented, you'll hear in Luisa Miller all the special qualities that makes him unique. Above all, you'll feel his music penetrating your soul. He was a truly great soul himself, and the sheer depth of his heart comes through everywhere in his greatest operas. Read more about Opera's "Soul Man" here.

Music Excerpts

Luisa Miller

By Giuseppe Verdi

Performed by Carlo Bergonzi; Fausto Cleva; Anna Moffo; Ezio Flagello; Cornell MacNeil; Giorgio Tozzi; Shirley Verrett

Courtesy of Sony Masterworks
By arrangement with SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

"Overture"
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"Ah! fu giusto il mio sospetto!"
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"Fra' mortali ancora oppressa"
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Album Recommendations

To continue exploring Luisa Miller, Lyric dramaturg and program editor Roger Pines suggests the following performances on CD and digital platforms:

Videos and DVDs

Watch the videos below to go behind the scenes of our production of Luisa Miller and then continue your exploration with our recommendations for full-length broadcast recordings of the opera.

 

 

The Cast and Characters

Meet the cast of Luisa Miller in the video below and read more about Krassimira Stoyanova here.

Meet the Cast of Verdi's Luisa Miller

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