This year's season of San Francisco Opera broadcasts concludes on Classical 90.5 at noon this Saturday, October 26th, with a performance of Luisa Miller by Giuseppe Verdi, to a libretto by Salvadore Cammarano, based on the play Kabale und Liebe (Intrigue and Love) by the German dramatist Friedrich von Schiller.
The setting for Luisa Miller is the Italian Tyrol during the early 1700s. The story is complicated. Luisa, daughter of an old soldier, is in love with a young man she knows as Carlo but who is actually Rodolfo, son of the local lord, Walter. The two lovers proclaim undying fidelity, but Miller, Luisa's father, is dubious, and his fears are confirmed when Walter's retainer, Wurm, who also loves Luisa and hopes to marry her, reveals Rodolfo's true identity. That's just the beginning of this tragic, but beloved Verdi opera.
The performance, a special archive broadcast of the San Francisco Opera's 1974 production, will be sung in Italian and will run approximately three hours. Jesus Lopez-Cobos conducts.