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Overture to "Luisa Miller"

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Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi (trans. William G. Pruyn)


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Year: 1849 / 1988
Duration: c. 5:55
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Original Medium: Symphony
Publisher: Dave Taylor
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Luisa Miller, Verdi's 15th opera, premiered December 8, 1849, at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. It was based upon Schiller's Kaba/e und Liebe (Intrigue and Love) dating from 1784 to a text by Salvatore Cammarano, and is described as a melodramma tragico (a tragic melodrama). The story is set in Tyrol in the early 17th century and centers upon the love of Luisa (soprano). daughter of the old soldier Miller (baritone), for Rodolfo (tenor), the son of Count Walter. But, in a typically confusing operatic plot twist, Rodolfo conceals his real name and rank from Luisa and goes by the name of "Carlo." Rodolfo (Carlo) is expected to marry Federica (mezzo), the Duchess of Ostheim. When he refuses, he is imprisoned. Meanwhile, Luisa is forced by Wurm (bass) to write a letter saying she is in love with someone else. When Rodolfo is released from prison, he makes Luisa confess that she wrote the letter and then poisons both himself and Luisa. But before the poison takes effect, Luisa reveals that she was forced to write the letter. With his remaining strength, Rodolfo grabs a sword and kills Wurm. Vindicated, the lovers die in the presence of their parents.

- Program Note from liner notes of U.S. Marine Band CD Overtures, Vol. 2


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