Constance traveled in my pocket to The Star Cinema in Sidney, for the Metropolitan Opera’s live in HD broadcast of Luisa Miller, composed by Giuseppe Verdi.
Placido Domingo was the old-soldier Miller; with a beautiful young daughter Luisa; who is in love with a mysterious young man Rodolpho; who is actually the son of the count Walter; who wants Rodolpho to marry Federica; while the evil Wurm forces Luisa to write a fatal letter; and three people know the terrible secret about how the count murdered his cousin to seize the countship.
The end is melodiously unhappy – and includes death by suicide (Rodolpho), murder (of Luisa by Rodolpho), a last-minute stabbing (by Rodolpho of Wurm); and much heart-wrenching singing about ungratefulness of children (by the count) and incomprehension of this result (by Miller).
The frantic romantic machinations were not at all realistic, it isn’t really wise to view any 19th century opera with 21st century expectations – Constance has pretty much given up trying. It was enough to feel the music in her xylems and phloems, and let the sensations wash over her, the music carrying her away from the tribulations of the moment. The singing was stupendous, and we liked the costumes, especially Luisa’s many lovely shawls!
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Constance borrowed a knitted shawl and wore dark Opera Dress, perfect for a tragedy which ends with bodies all over the stage! The black cat thinks it may have just all been bad luck leftover from yesterday (Friday the 13th).