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Verdi, Giuseppe / Luisa Miller (Metropolitan Opera)
Album:Luisa Miller (Metropolitan Opera) Collection:Classical
Artist:Verdi, Giuseppe Added:11/2021
Label:Sony Classical 

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Add Date:2022-03-06 Pull Date:2022-05-08 Charts:Classical/Experimental

Album Review
Gary Lemco
Reviewed 2021-11-20 
Luisa Miller is an 1849 opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an 
Italian libretto by Salvadore Cammarano, based on the play 
Kabale und Liebe (Conspiracy and Love) by the German dramatist
Friedrich von Schiller.

ACT I. 
Luisa, the daughter of an old soldier, is in love with the young Carlo who is 
actually Rodolfo, the son of Walter, a local lord. Luisa and Walter proclaim 
everlasting fidelity, but Miller, Luisa's father, is dubious, and his fears are 
confirmed when Walter's retainer, Wurm, also in love with Luisa and hoping 
to marry her, reveals Rodolfo's true identity. In Walter's castle, Wurm reveals 
to his master Rodolfo's love for Luisa. Walter resolves to end their relationship, 
because he hopes to have his son marry the widowed duchess, Federica. 
Left alone with Federica, Rodolfo reveals that he loves another, but the duchess 
refuses to break their engagement. At home, Miller tells his daughter that Rodolfo 
has deceived her and is about to contract a wealthy marriage. The young man, 
however, comes to plead his sincerity. When Walter storms in and is about to have 
both Luisa and her father consigned to prison, Rodolfo secures their freedom by 
threatening to reveal how his father, with Wurm's assistance, murdered his cousin 
to gain his present position.



ACT II
. Luisa learns that her father has been jailed for insulting Walter. Wurm informs her 
that the only way she can save Miller is to write a letter admitting she sought Rodolfo 
for his wealth, and pledging herself to Wurm. After doing his bidding, she learns she 
must go to the castle and declare her love for him before the duchess. Wurm presents 
Luisa's letter to Walter, and the two plot to send it to Rodolfo. Goaded on with threats by 
Wurm and Walter against her father, Luisa professes her love for Wurm to Federica. 
Rodolfo receives Luisa's letter. In despair, he is about to attack Wurm when Walter 
appears and persuades him that marrying Federica will be the best way for him to avenge 
Luisa's treachery.



ACT III
. Miller, released from prison, tries to comfort his daughter and the two agree to leave the 
village the next day. As Luisa prays, Rodolfo enters and pours a vial of poison into a 
decanter on the table. He confronts Luisa with the letter. When she cannot deny she 
wrote it, Rodolfo asks her to pour him a drink; and, when he says it tastes bitter, she 
swallows some, too. Rodolfo tells Luisa the cup was poisoned, and she, released from 
her vow, tells him the truth. As Luisa dies in her father's arms, Rodolfo kills Wurm.
Considered the first opera Verdi composed in his ‘middle period,’ the famous aria from
Act II, “Quando le sere al placido,” sung by Rodolfo, remains a highlight. From Act III,
the duet “Andrem, raminghi e poveri” between Miller and Luisa allows Miller her high C.
From Act I, the quartet, “T’amo d’amor ch’esprimere” calls for spirited ensemble; and
Act III has an extended, “religious” farewell scene between Rodolfo and Luisa that 
includes 3 arias, up until the final trio, “Ah! Maledetto, maledetto il di ch’io nacqui.” This 
live performance from 17 February 1968 at the MET in New York features a stellar 
cast, each member at his or her artistic peak.


Track Listing
1.CD 1. Sinfonia [5:52] 19.A Brani, a Brani, O Perfido [2:17]
2.Act 1. Ti Desta, Luisa, Regina De' Cori [2:36] 20.CD 2. Act II (Cont.). 1. Ebben? - Tutte Apprestai Della Trama Le Fila [2:05]
3.Ecco Mia Figlia [1:52] 21.2. L'alto Retaggio Non Ho Bramato [4:20]
4.Lo Vidi, E'l Primo Palpito [3:17] 22.3. Vien La Duchessa! [4:17]
5.T'amo D'amor Ch'esprimere [3:18] 23.4. Come Celar Le Smanie [2:17]
6.Ferma Ed Ascolta - Sacra La Scelta [4:50] 24.5. Il Foglio Dunque? [2:13]
7.Ah! Fu Giusto Il Mio Sospetto! [2:51] 25.6. Qundo Le Sere Al Placido [4:07]
8.Che Mai Narrastil ... Il Mio Sangue, La Vita Darei [5:07] 26.7. Di Me Chiedeste? - L'ara, O L'avello Apprestami [4:18]
9.Padre - M'abbraccia ... Quale Un Sorriso [3:17] 27.8. Act III. Come in Un Giorno Solo [4:46]
10.Duchessa - Duchessa Tu M'appelli!... Dall'aule Raggianti Di Vano Splendor [5:33] 28.9. Pallida, Mesta Sei! [2:58]
11.Steven Bryant. Redline (8:02).Ciogliete I Levrieri [4:42] 29.10. La Tomba È Un Letto Sparso Di Fiori - Di Rughe Il Volto Mira [6:20]
12.Tu, Tu, Signor, Fra Queste Soglie! [2:10] 30.11. Andrem, Raminghi E Poveri [3:49]
13.Fra'mortali Ancora Oppressa [5:16] 31.12. Ah! L'ultima Preghiera [2:50]
14.I Cenni Miei Si Compiano [2:12] 32.13. Hai Tu Vergato Questo Foglio? [3:49]
15.Act II. Ah! Luisa, Luisa Ove Sei? [2:29] 33.14. Piangi, Piangi Il Tuo Dolore [4:20]
16.Il Padre Tuo - Finisci [3:30] 34.15. Donna, Per Noi Terribile [2:31]
17.Tu Puniscimi, O Signore [3:34] 35.16. Ah! Maledetto, Maledetto Il Di Ch'io Nacqui [2:30]
18.Qui Nulla S'attenta Imporre Al Tuo Core {2:00] 36.17. Padre, Ricevi L'estremo Addio...Ah! Vieni Meco [5:02]