New-to-Chicago Production Luisa Miller

By Giuseppe Verdi

  • Language - Sung in Italian with projected English translations
  • Running Time - 2 hours, 45 minutes with 1 intermission

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.

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This production of Luisa Miller was presented at Lyric October 12 – 31, 2019. Visit the Lyric Opera calendar to see what is currently on stage.

Reviews

Impeccably sung by a strong cast

Chicago Tribune

Powerfully sung...a high-energy performance

Chicago Sun-Times

To hear Stoyanova, Kolosova, Van Horn and Howard weave such intricate counterpoint sans orchestra – all the while breathing and phrasing as one – was to realize anew the vocal caliber of this production

Chicago Tribune

Luisa Miller tugs at the heart

Chicago on the Aisle

Vocal tour de force

Chicago Tribune

It's worth catching Luisa Miller just to witness the work of Mazzola, a masterly conductor with an evident theatrical sensibility. He brings shining promise for the near future at Lyric Opera.

Chicago on the Aisle

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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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Luisa Miller

By Giuseppe Verdi

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Roger Pines, Dramaturg
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Synopsis

Time mid-19th century | Place Tyrol

Program Book

Go inside this production of Luisa Miller with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.

Meet the Artists

Krassimira Stoyanova

Luisa

Joseph Calleja

Rodolfo

Quinn Kelsey†

Miller

Christian Van Horn†

Walter

Soloman Howard*

Wurm

Alisa Kolosova

Federica

Enrique Mazzola

Conductor

Francesca Zambello

Director

Michael Yeargan

Set Designer

Dunya Ramicova

Costume Designer

Mark McCullough

Lighting Designer

August Tye

Choreographer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

* Lyric debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumni

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Join us in the theater one hour before the curtain rises for a free, 30-minute preview talk about the opera. Learn more about pre-opera talks.

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JULIE AND ROGER BASKES
HENRY AND GILDA BUCHBINDER FAMILY FOUNDATION
LIZ STIFFEL
THE NELSON CORNELIUS PRODUCTION ENDOWMENT FUND
Production owned by San Francisco Opera. Scenery construction and painting by the San Francisco Opera Scenic Shop and costumes fabricated by the San Francisco Opera Costume Shop.

Photos: Todd Rosenberg