M1500 .V47 L85 2001 DVD
Opera in three acts. Music by Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano based on Kabale und Liebe by Friedrich Schiller.
The American coloratura soprana June Anderson, acclaimed for her superb dramatic abilities as well as her vocal skill, gives a moving performance as the ill-fated Luisa in Verdi's dark tale of jealousy and deception. Jacques Lassale's production also features Taro Ichihara (tenor) as Rodolfo, Paul Plishka (bass) as Count Walter, and Edouard Tumagian (baritone) as Miller. Maurizio Arena conducts.
The backstage intrigues and personal hostility surrounding the premiere in Naples of Verdi's adaptation of play, Kabale und Liebe, are reflected on stage in this dark tale of jealousy and deception. Luisa Miller is an important transitional work, marking both the end of Verdi's first period and the beginning of his second, in which the first two acts recall the operas of Bellini and Donizetti, and the third anticipates the musical style and dramatic atmosphere of La Traviatta.
Opera in 3 acts; libretto based on: Kabale und Liebe / Friedrich Schiller.
Cast: June Anderson, Taro Ichihara, Eduard Tumagian, Paul Plishka, Romuald Tesarowicz, Susanna Anselmi; Lyon Opera Orchestra and Chorus; Montpellier Opera Chorus; Maurizio Arena, conductor; Jacques Lassalle, stage director; Claus Viller, video director.
Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
Distributed by Kultur (www.kultur.com).