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Luisa Miller

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OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
April 12 19:00, April 15 14:00, April 21 19:30, April 24 19:00, April 27 19:00, April 29 20:00
Performers
Zurich Opera
Riccardo FrizzaConductor
Damiano MichielettoDirector
Paolo FantinSet Designer
Carla TetiCostume Designer
Leo NucciBaritoneMiller
Maria AgrestaSopranoLuisa
Matthew PolenzaniTenorRodolfo
Mika KaresBassCount Walter
Judith SchmidMezzo-sopranoFederica, Duchess of Ostheim
Wenwei ZhangBassWurm
Hamida KristoffersenSopranoLaura
Philharmonia Zürich
Zurich Opera Chorus

“It is a wonderful drama, full of passion and very effective in theatrical terms,” was Giuseppe Verdi’s opinion of Kabale und Liebe (Intrigue and Love), when he decided to tackle a third opera based on a play by Friedrich Schiller. Verdi was primarily attracted to Schiller’s psychologically perspicacious view of the protagonists, as well as the inevitability with which the action hurtles towards its tragic conclusion: Rodolfo is wooing Luisa, daughter of an old soldier, Miller. However, both fathers oppose the marriage for class reasons, because Rodolfo is the son of a count. When Rodolfo threatens to reveal a dire secret of his family, Miller is arrested at the instigation of the scheming steward Wurm, who has also cast an eye on Luisa. In order to save her father from death, Luisa agrees to marry Wurm. Rodolfo is so distraught at his beloved Luisa’s ostensible infidelity that he poisons her and himself. The pair realises too late that they are the victims of an intrigue.

In our revival production, the exquisite ensemble of soloists will once again include the great Leo Nucci in the role of father Miller. Nucci’s performances at Zurich Opera House are legendary: he débuted as Miller as long ago as the 1981/82 season. The title role will be sung by Maira Agresta, who thrilled Zurich audiences most recently as Norma and Desdemona. The celebrated American tenor Matthew Polenzani can be heard as Rodolfo.

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