Sonya Yoncheva, Piotr Beczala and Plácido Domingo Star in Verdi Masterpiece, LUISA MILLER
Verdi's Luisa Miller returns to the Met for the first time since 2006, starring Sonya Yoncheva as the title character and Piotr Beczala as her lover, Rodolfo.Plácido Domingo adds a new role to his Met repertory as Miller, Luisa's father, a role he shares with Luca Salsi. Olesya Petrova sings the widowed duchess Federica, Alexander Vinogradov is the lord Walter, and Dmitry Belosselskiy sings the role of Wurm. Bertrand de Billy conducts all performances of the revival which runs for 7 performances from March 29 through April 21, 2018.
Sonya Yoncheva makes her role debut in the title role of Luisa. She made her Met debut in 2013 as Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto, followed by widely acclaimed company role debuts as Mimì in Puccini's La Bohème, Desdemona in the Met's 2015-16 season premiere of Verdi's Otello, and Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata. Earlier this season, she sang the title role in Puccini's Tosca and reprised Mimì in La Bohème. Both productions were transmitted as part of the Live in HD series, making Yoncheva the first artist to have three principal roles in the same HD season at the Met.
Piotr Beczala makes his role debut as Rodolfo. He made his company debut in 2006 as the Duke in Verdi's Rigoletto, and his Met repertory includes Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème, Vaudémont in the company premiere of Iolanta, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, the title role of Gounod's Faust, Edgardo in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor with the company, the Chevalier des Grieux in Massenet's Manon, and Gustavo in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera. His other performances include Don José in Bizet's Carmen at the Wiener Staatsoper, Edgardo in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at Bayerische Staatsoper, and Riccardo in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera. Later this year, he will sing the title role of Massenet's Werther and reprise his role of Prince Sou-Chong in Lehár's Das Land des Lächelns at Zürich Opera. Next season, he will sing Maurizio in Cilea's Andriana Lecouvreur at the Met's New Year's Eve Gala.
Plácido Domingo - who sang Rodolfo at the Met in 1971 and 1979 - makes his role debut as Miller. After making his company debut in 1966 as Maurizio in Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur, he has sung 678 performances with the company to date, in addition to conducting over 150 performances. In recent seasons, he has moved into the baritone repertory, performing roles such as Don Carlo in Verdi's Ernani, Neptune in the baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island, and the title role of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra. From April 23 he conducts Gounod's Roméo et Juliette at the Met. Next season, which marks his 50th anniversary at the Met, he will sing the title role in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and reprise Germont in Verdi's La Traviata, in addition to conducting performances of Verdi's Aida with the company.
Bertrand de Billy made his Met debut in 1998 leading Gounod's Roméo et Juliette. He has conducted many company performances including Bizet's Carmen, Verdi's La Traviata, and Puccini's Turandot. Other recent credits include leading Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera at the Paris Opera, Verdi's Simon Boccanegra at the Bayerische Staatsoper, and Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore and Verdi's Don Carlo at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. He is currently the principal guest conductor at the Dresdner Philharmonie.
Luisa Miller Radio Broadcasts
The April 14 matinee performance of Luisa Miller will be transmitted live around the world at 12:30 p.m. The transmission will be seen in more than 2,000 movie theaters in 73 countries around the world.
The March 29 and April 9 performances of Luisa Miller will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS XM Channel 75, and the March 29 performance will also be streamed live on the Met's web site, www.metopera.org.
The April 14 matinee performance will be broadcast live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.
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Photo by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.