Ivan Repušić made his debut as Chief Conductor of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester on September 24, 2017 at the city’s Prinzregententheater with a concert performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Luisa Miller sung in the original Italian at Munich’s Prinzregententheater. The Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka – the orchestra’s Artist in Residence during the 2017/18 season – was successfully engaged for her debut in the title role of the tragic opera, based on Friedrich Schiller’s Kabale und Liebe. This highlight of the Munich music scene last autumn 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 (Rodolfo in the opera) 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).
Marina Rebeka – Luisa Miller (soprano)
Corinna Scheurle – Laura (mezzosoprano)
Judit Kutasi – Federica (mezzosoprano)
Ivan Magrì – Rodolfo (tenor)
Bernhard Schneider – Ein Bauer (tenor / Bavarian Radio Choir)
George Petean – Miller (baritone)
Marko Mimica – Graf von Walter (bass-baritone)
Ante Jerkunica – Wurm (bass)
Bavarian Radio Choir
Howard Arman, Chorus Master
Munich Radio Orchestra
Ivan Repušić, direction