Luisa Miller

Luisa Miller is an opera by Verdi, premiered in 1850. It belongs to the early middle period of Verdi’s work. He wrote fourteen opera’s by the time this was premiered. Verdi was a rock star at the time.

The story is a convoluted drama about a marriage and love. Luisa wants to marry a boy from the village that is actually the son of the local Count, the appropriately named Wurm wants to marry Luisa and arranges things in such a way that he gets his way. The opera ends in three dead and nobody married.

I have seen this opera at the Nederlandse Opera (now the Nationale Opera) in Amsterdam years ago. It is better than I was expecting, but it doesn’t have a famous aria. It is not a big hit. Yet it is on the repertoire of many opera houses.

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