Italian composer Verdi’s opera was first staged in 1849, and was his fifteenth opera. Luisa Miller marked the beginning for Verdi’s famous works, which began to flourish in the next decade. His most famous operas – La Traviata and Rigoletto – were both written after Luisa Miller and both also recently staged at the ENO.
Luisa Miller is a story of doomed love, and a divide of classes. Whilst Luisa and Rodolfo only wish to be happy together, their love in sent on a tragic downward spiral after an arranged marriage looms.
The English National Opera welcomed back Harewood Artist Elizabeth Llewellyn (Madam Butterfly) in the title role.
This production is directed by the award-winning Barbora Horáková Joly, who received the Newcomer prize at the 2018 International Opera Awards. She is joined by conductor Alexander Joel, who also conducted La bohème last season. Luisa Miller is a co-production with Oper Wuppertal.
Featuring sensitive orchestration and beautifully fashioned lyrics, Luisa Miller will begin a strictly limited run of six performances at the London Coliseum on 12th February 2020.
Suggested age guidance 14+. This production contains sexual references and unsettling scenes which might not be suitable for children. No under 5s are permitted. There is a maximum of four children per adult.