Domingo, Yoncheva in rare Verdi gem

Apr 03, 2018
Photo by: Chris Lee/Met Opera Plácido Domingo adds yet another chapter to his legendary Met performances in Verdi's “Luisa Miller.”

Rockland — The 2017-2018 Metropolitan Opera’s Live-in-HD season of broadcasts from Lincoln Center to the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., continues Saturday, April 14, at 12:30 p.m. with a simulcast of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Luisa Miller.” An encore broadcast will be presented Tuesday, April 24, at 12:30 p.m.

Plácido Domingo adds yet another role to his legendary Met career in this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczała in the first Met performances of the opera in more than 10 years. Bertrand de Billy conducts.

“Luisa Miller” premiered at the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples in 1849, and represents a transitional moment in Verdi’s unparalleled career. While reminiscent of the youthful vitality that had made Verdi an international sensation, the opera also looks forward to the dramaturgical discipline and sophistication of the composer’s middle period. The story centers on the bond between a father and his daughter as they stand together against a hostile world, and much of the dramatic and psychological acumen that would define the mature Verdi is fully apparent.

“Luisa Miller” is sung in Italian with Met titles in English. Estimated run time is three hours and 38 minutes, including two 35-minute intermissions.

Tickets are $27, $15 for students younger than 19 and for college students with ID, available at rocklandstrand.com or 594-0070. Encore show tickets, available day-of-show, are $23/$5. For more information, email info@rocklandstrand.com, call or visit the website.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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