Photo Flash: Lyric Opera of Chicago Presents LUISA MILLER
Verdi's heart-wrenching romantic drama Luisa Miller returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago for the first time in more than three decades on Saturday, October 12 at 7:30pm. Enrique Mazzola, Lyric's music director designate, will be on the podium.There will be six performances through October 31 at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago. Tickets start at $39 for adults and $20 for children, and are available now at lyricopera.org/Luisa or by calling 312-827-5600. Luisa Miller features an outstanding international cast of acclaimed Verdian artists. Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova is sweet, vulnerable Luisa, who loves and is loved by Rodolfo (Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja), the son of ruthless, unethical nobleman Count Walter (American bass-baritone Christian Van Horn/Ryan Opera Center alumnus) whom Luisa's own father Miller (American baritone Quinn Kelsey/Ryan Opera Center alumnus) loathes. To keep the lovers apart, Walter employs the help of his retainer Wurm (American bass Soloman Howard/Lyric debut), who wants to marry Luisa himself. An arranged marriage between Rodolfo and Duchess Federica (Russian mezzo-soprano Alisa Kolosova) further complicates Luisa and Rodolfo's desperate situation. The revelatory arias, breathtaking duets, thrilling ensembles, and electrifying orchestration of Luisa Miller foreshadow Verdi's famous mid-career operas, marking his transition from bel canto to his own compositional style. These performances mark an exciting opportunity to experience a largely unfamiliar work by a well-known and beloved composer. The opera's libretto by Salvadore Cammarano is based on the play Kabale und Liebe by the German dramatist Friedrich von Schiller. Luisa Miller has been presented only once previously in Lyric's 65-year history, during the 1982 season. You can hear musical excerpts here (scroll down to "Learn More"). Lyric's music director designate, Enrique Mazzola, is a lauded expert in conducting early Verdi, as well as bel canto and French opera. (Previously at Lyric he led acclaimed performances of two bel canto masterpieces, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor and Bellini's I puritani). Luisa Miller marks the first installment of Lyric's Early Verdi Series, to be presented over the coming years and which will be conducted by Mazzola. The production of Luisa Miller is directed by Francesca Zambello, with open, evocative set designs by Michael Yeargan, traditional-period costume designs by Dunya Ramicova, and dramatic lighting design by Mark McCullough. Lyric's chorus master is Michael Black, and August Tye is the choreographer for this presentation.
You can view Lyric's Luisa Miller program book here. Information about the score and alterations may be found here. Performance dates for Luisa Miller are October 12, 16, 20, 25, 28, and 31. Performance times vary. For tickets and information call (312) 827-5600 or go to lyricopera.org/Luisa. Tickets start at $39.
Alisa Kolosova, Joseph Calleja
Christian Van Horn, Luisa Miller
Joseph Calleja, Krassimira Stoyanova
Maestro Enrique Mazzola