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Verdi “Luisa Miller”

Live, BR-Klassikm, April 2017

Conductor – Ivan Repušić
Munich Radio Orchestra and Chorus
Luisa Miller – Marina Rebeka
Laura – Corinna Scheurle
Federica – Judit Kutasi
Rodolfo – Ivan Magri
Un contadino – Bernhard Schneider
Miller – George Petean
Il Conte di Walter – Marko Mimica
Wurm – Ante Jerkunica

Ivan Repuic made his debut as Chief Conductor of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester on September 24, 2017 at the citys Prinzregententheater with a concert performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “”Luisa Miller””. The Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka the orchestras Artist in Residence during the 2017/18 season was successfully engaged for the title role of the tragic opera, based on Friedrich Schiller’s “”Kabale und Liebe””. This highlight of the Munich music scene has now been released by BR-KLASSIK. Verdi’s masterpiece was written during the year 1849 in Paris and Busseto, completed in Naples, and first performed there on December 8, 1849 at the city’s Teatro San Carlo. Schiller’s tragedy tells the story of the calamitous love of the nobleman Ferdinand for the musician’s daughter Luisa Miller, who falls victim to a terrible court intrigue that ultimately drives both to their deaths. To turn the play into an opera Verdi worked intensively with his librettist Salvadore Cammarano; both men were fascinated by Schiller’s tableau-like dramaturgy, which matched their own ideas of an “”epic drama””. The tragedy was given three acts, entitled “”Amore”” (Love), “”Intrigo”” (Intrigue) and “”Veleno”” (Poison). After its successful premiere, the work soon established itself and has remained a fixed part of the international opera repertoire to this day. In this concert performance at Munichs Prinzregententheater, Marina Rebeka made her role debut as Luisa Miller. Marina Rebeka sings the challenging role with technical perfection, giving it a sparkling vocal


Auf der Habenseite bei Marina Rebeka steht auf jeden Fall ein dramatischer, leuchtkräftiger Sopran, der prächtig timbriert ist und das nötige Metall hat, um auch in den gewaltigen Ensembleszenen mühelos über die “Rampe” zu kommen. Eben ein echter Spinto, keine Belkantistin, die in Fiorituren und Koloraturen eher zu Hause ist als bei wuchtig gesetzt Akuti. Mir gefällt sie insgesamt ganz außerordentlich gut.


Marina Rebeka continues her Artist in Residence with the Muncher Rundfunkorchester in the title role of Verdi’s “Luisa Miller.” The new recording, which was captured from a performance in 2017, features tenor Ivan Magri, baritone George Petean, and bass Ante Jerkunica. Ivan Repusic conducts the opera which will be released by BR Klassik.


As Luisa, Marina Rebeka is the genuine article: her shiny, lyric voice has the flexibility for the runs and decorations, with an upper float that can expand into full-throated climaxes and fill out the long, arching phrases of ‘Tu puniscimi.