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Luisa Miller 1998Royal Opera

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The extended closure of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to allow for its spectacular redevelopment had the benefit for Scottish audiences of making its resident company available to visit the Edinburgh Festival Theatre for the 1997 and 1998 Festivals.

The Royal Opera did originally plan to perform all Verdi’s operas in the years leading up to the centenary of his death. Financial stringencies meant the scheme was not completed, but they did produce some of the rarer ones. The Edinburgh Festival visit only saw this one in concert form, along with the Festival's own performance of Giovanna d'Arco. It was Don Carlos and I masnadieri that were fully staged.

The previous Covent Garden production, in the 1970s, invariably boasted Katia Ricciarelli in the title role, in wonderful form. In three successive runs she was partnered by Pavarotti, then Domingo and finally Carreras. This cast had nobody on that level, and only one international star, Paata Burchuladze. Nevertheless, Fiorella Burato was particularly successful in the title role and it was good to renew acquaintance with this charming tragedy, poisoned lemonade and all.

Performance Cast

Laura a peasant girl

Leah-Marian Jones

Miller a retired soldier

Alexandru Agache

Luisa Miller's daughter

Fiorella Burato

Rodolfo son of Count Walter

Ignacio Encinas

Wurm Count Walter's henchman

Barseg Tumanyan

Count Walter

Paata Burchuladze

Federica d' Ostheim Rodolfo's cousin

Ruby Philogene


Neil Gillespie

Performance DatesLuisa Miller 1998

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Festival Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

23 Aug, 19.15 26 Aug, 19.15

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