Romance is one of the biggest tragedies in opera.
This is especially true when people of power get involved.
The Mercyhurst Institute for Arts and Culture (MIAC) is bringing a romance gone wrong to the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.
MIAC is broadcasting the Metropolitan Opera production of “Luisa Miller.”
The performance will be on April 14 starting promptly at 12:30 p.m. Doors will open approximately at noon.
The opera has an estimated run time of 3 hours and 28 minutes, with two 30-minute intermissions.
The opera was composed by Giuseppe Verdi with a libretto by Salvadore Cammarano.
Verdi composed more than 28 operas, most of which are still very popular today.
In the opera, Luisa and Carlo are very much in love and plan on getting married.
Carlo has a very important secret: he is actually Rodolfo, the son of Count Walter.
The Count is not happy to find out his son is in love with a commoner, as he wants Rodolfo to marry Duchess Federica.
The Count and his servant Wurm attempt to tear the lovers apart, and the story unfolds from there.
The opera is traditionally set in the Tyrolean Alps during the first half of the 17th century. The Met production team updated the setting to rural England.
“Luisa Miller” is conducted by Bertrand de Billy.
The opera is performed by an outstanding group of artists.
Sonya Yoncheva plays Luisa, Olesya Petrova plays Federica, Piotr Beczala plays Rodolfo, Placido Domingo plays Miller, Alexander Vinogradov plays Walter and Dmitry Belosselskiy plays Wurm.
As always, tickets are free for Mercyhurst students and are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students of other institutions, and $10 for youth.