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  Luisa Miller at Lyric Opera

Luisa Miller

Lyric Opera
20 N. Wacker Drive Chicago

Verdi's sumptuously beautiful romantic drama tells the story of sweet, vulnerable Luisa, who loves Rodolfo, the son of a ruthless, unethical nobleman whom Luisa's own father loathes. The young couple's relationship leads to catastrophe in a drama that breathes passion and excitement. Memorable arias (including "Quando le sere al placido," one of the composer's greatest tenor hits), breathtaking duets, and thrilling ensembles abound in this tale of star-crossed love and violent jealousy. Lyric's first presentation of this electrifying work in more than three decades at Chicago's Lyric Opera House will be a feast for all devotees of Verdi and Italian opera.

Thru - Oct 31, 2019

Show Type: Opera

Box Office: 312-332-2244

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  Luisa Miller Reviews
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Chicago Sun Times - Recommended

"...It was a night of transition at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The Spanish-born Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola, who has just become the Lyric's music director-designate - he with the candy-red glasses and a string of achievements in New York, Berlin and Paris - led a high-energy performance of Verdi's "Luisa Miller" to a welcoming audience."
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Nancy Malitz

Chicago On the Aisle - Recommended

"..."Luisa Miller" brings the Spanish-born Italian conductor to the Lyric pit for the third time since his debut in 2016 with Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor." Mazzola, now 51 years old, returned two seasons later to lead Bellini's "I puritani." In retrospect, both of those occasions pointed to his promise as Lyric's new chief conductor. Mazzola's elegant, wholly authoritative way with "Luisa Miller" clinches the case: Lyric general director Anthony Freud has made a choice that's more than auspicious; it is very exciting."
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Lawrence B. Johnson

Stage and Cinema - Somewhat Recommended

"...Verdi’s Luisa Miller has only been produced at Lyric Opera once before, and that was thirty-seven years ago! For its rarity alone, this production should be seen. It is also features an incredibly haunting score that often slips into minor keys. The singing is almost uniformly excellent, but the casting is disappointing, as is some of the acting and stage direction. A lackluster production is the result, one that left this reviewer surprisingly unmoved."
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Barnaby Hughes

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...The opera is impressive in its own right and casual theatre-goers will be delighted by how conductor Enrique Mazzola teases out the blaring drama as well as the surprisingly astute musical characterizations. But for people looking for a deeper dive into opera history, this first Lyric production of the play in almost forty years is a special treat."
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Jacob Davis

Chicagoland Musical Theatre - Somewhat Recommended

"...In short, while Luisa Miller is by no means a bad production, it’s likely to be one of the more opaque things on the Lyric stage this season. Opera fanatics should probably not pass up the chance to see a rarely performed Verdi, however for everyone else it is likely to come down to personal taste whether this is their personal brand of weird."
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Bryson David Hoff

Chicago Theater and Arts - Highly Recommended

"...The seemingly outlandish story based on the play “Kabale und Liebe” (Intrigue and Love) by Friedrich von Schiller, none-the-less may resonate with modern audiences familiar with such television programs as “American Greed” and “Dateline” that often have devious plots designed and perpetrated by individuals to preserve financial power or exert influence over those they purport to love."
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Reno Lovison

Picture This Post - Recommended

"...As with most Lyric performances, you too may be hard put to find a favorite performer because these are stellar talents-all! This writer though feels compelled to give a special shout out to tenor Joseph Calleja, the romantic lead, who seemed to lose his voice for a few notes, likely a casualty of the sudden wintry chill that had overtaken Chicago this weekend. Calleja's voice is not only soothingly tenor sweet, but then noting how he simply modulated his volume a tad after that vocal dustup was truly stirring. It was hard not to love him."
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Amy Munice

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