Today's Opera: Luisa Miller
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
“The overture has been much praised, the finale to Act I is excellent, and earlier in the act there are three effective arias for Luisa, Miller and Walter. The duet between Wurm and Walter and Rodolfo’s aria are the best passages in Act II: the latter, ‘Quando le sere al placid’, is one of the most beautiful arias Verdi ever wrote, and its wistful loveliness is unsurpassed in his music. Francis Toye describes Act III as the best of the opera because of its uncommon dramatic fitness. Luisa’ ‘Piangi, piangi’ in the scene with Rodolfo, and final trio are singled out for particular praise.” Source: The New Kobbe’s Complete Opera Book
Music historian Jeffrey Engel will present today’s opera talk, offering historical context for the composer and the opera story. In Paris for 14 years, Mr. Engel studied cello, art history and earned diplomas in French. As a cellist he played with orchestras in France, including the Paris Opera, performed in chamber ensembles and taught in municipal conservatories. A graduate of Ithaca College, & a teacher at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Mr. Engel brings a rich knowledge of music history to each lecture, with musical excerpts.
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