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From the Teatro Regio di Parma, Italy: "Luisa Miller" by Giuseppe Verdi, conducted by Donato Renzetti, directed by Denis Krief. With Fiorenza Cedolins (Luisa), Giorgio Surian (Il Conte di Walter), Marcelo Álvarez (Rodolfo), Francesca Franci (Federica), Leo Nucci (Miller), Rafal Siwek (Wurm). Hailed as his first mature masterpiece, Verdi's 1849 opera "Luisa Miller" leaves the world of Bellini and Donizetti behind and opens the door to the realism of the three following operas, "Rigoletto," "La Traviata" and "Il Trovatore." And even though it has not become a repertoire work like its successors, the work's ensemble scenes and fluid dramaturgy have an electrifying impact on all Verdi lovers. The conflicts at the heart of the drama, based on Schiller's "Kabale und Liebe" (Intrigue and Love), are treated with a forward-looking psychological refinement: the conflicts between the two fathers and their children, as well as between two very different social classes.

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