October 12. 2019 - October 31. 2019
October 12. 2019 - October 31. 2019
New-to-Chicago Production Luisa Miller
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.
- Language: Sung in Italian with projected English translations
- Running Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes with 1 intermission
- Location: Lyric Opera House
If this is the level of vocal work we can expect from Mazzola, there could be musical riches ahead.”
Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova and Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja can deliver both the floridity and intensity of difficult musical passages while participating fully in the passionate pendulum swings of love sought, betrayed and consummated only in death.”
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.”
Beautiful singing it is!”
Vocal tour de force.”
Mazzola’s elegant, wholly authoritative way with “Luisa Miller” clinches the case: Lyric general director Anthony Freud has made a choice that’s more than auspicious; it is very exciting.”
The Lyric Opera Chorus sounded splendid – full and plush.”
When the music stopped, the curtain still in place, the house erupted in a boisterous ovation that rang of “Hey, this is our new guy. This is going to be really good.”
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Luisa Miller articles
Luisa Miller: The Director Speaks
Not since 1982 has Lyric produced Giuseppe Verdi's glorious Luisa Miller, but now it's back at last, in a production by one of the world's most highly respected directors, Francesca Zambello.
Verdi, Opera's "Soul Man"
Giuseppe Verdi! When it comes to operas that make the most powerful emotions live onstage, there's no one like him. When his Luisa Miller makes its eagerly awaited return to Lyric, audiences will be overwhelmed by the music, which truly exemplifies Verdi at his best.
A Blaze of Excitement: The Joys of Early Verdi
Lyric is about to move into an area of the repertoire that will be full of special discoveries for our audience – the earlier operas of the great Giuseppe Verdi. Lyric will introduce a new generation of attendees to the glories of works that aren't encountered as often as they deserve and offer listeners immense rewards.
The stupendous Krassimira Stoyanova
One reason for Luisa Miller's rarity is the challenge of finding the right singer for the title role. We're excited to welcome back as Luisa the world-renowned Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, currently at the peak of her triumphant career.
Time mid-19th century | Place Tyrol
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
* Lyric debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumni
Lyric presentation of Verdi’s Luisa Miller generously made possible by
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.