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Luisa Miller

An opera by Giuseppe Verdi

Love. Intrigue. Poison.

Sunday Nov 12th, 2pm 2017
Saturday November 18th, 7pm

Tickets: $35 general, $20 Students/Seniors, Children under 12 free Brown Paper Tickets 1-800-838-3006.

Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar St. (at Arch)

Jonathan Khuner, Conductor
Ellen St. Thomas, Director

In Italian with English supertitles
With chamber orchestra

After the thrilling success of The Consul this summer, Berkeley Chamber Opera is taking on a new challenge in presenting our first opera by Verdi.  Luisa Miller is an excellent fit for Berkeley Chamber Opera because, regarded as the first of Verdi’s middle period opera, in it he explores the personal interests of his characters.  While doing so he defies established compositional conventions and elevates the needs of the drama in the musical form so the story is less hindered by preconceived set pieces.

Drawn from the revolutionary play “Love and Intrigue” (1784) by Friedrich  Schiller, this intimate story makes a case for true love while questioning the tyranny of societal hierarchy.

“Your magic binds again
What convention strictly divides;
All people become brothers,
Where your gentle wing abides.”

               -Ode to Joy (1785) by Friedrich Schiller

The opera introduces material later made famous in masterpieces such as Rigoletto, Traviata and Trovatore.

Luisa Miller: Eliza O’Malley
Miller: Geoffrey Di Giorgio
Rodolfo: Salvatore Atti
Walter: Paul Thompson
Wurm: J.T. Williams
Federica: Liliane Cromer
Laura: Jessica Winn

Arden Agos, Elena Avila, Jonathan Bartlett, Deirdre Burke, Elizabeth Butler, Allyson Flores, Liberty Franks, Jeremy Green, Dee Hoover, Mike O’Malley, Khris Sanchez, Taylor Thompson, Birgit Urmson, John Urmson

Poster Artwork by Barbara Lim