Luisa Miller (1849) was first staged in the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. While the works created by Verdi before this particular piece were regarded as much simpler, at least from the point of view of the emotions and motivation of their central characters, the composer’s further opus reveals his determination to build entirely new and more complex world. In addition to Shakespeare, Schiller was undoubtedly Verdi's literary favourite, as the composer stood up in his works for the dignity of the human soul, ranging from the romantically stirred up to deeper philosophical contents. What particularly drew the composer in the dramatic source material, after which Cammarano wrote his libretto, was the story filled with passion, as well as the inevitability, with which the main protagonists are heading towards their tragic end – the fatal consequence of the family tragedies intertwined with the determination, shaped by political and social life. The psychologically pervasive and multifaceted characters, and among them certainly Luisa, who is trapped into a political plot and Rodolfo, who is unable to accept her decision to marry another man, as well as the fact that the lovers failed to see the game of intrigue in the due time, were more than just a good basis for revealing Verdi's talent for beautiful lyrical lines and refined orchestration. Although the composer's later operas slightly overshadowed Luisa Miller, it nevertheless managed to remain on the repertoires of the opera theatres around the world. The work, filled with beauty and nobility, always defied the tastes of fashion, and especially the famous Rudolph's aria Quando le sere al placido has been historically recognized as one of the pearls of the classical tenor repertoire.
Returning to our theatre after quite a few years will be a renowned stage director Lutz Hochstraate who has staged in Ljubljana La traviata that is still »living« on our stage. This time our conductor's podium will be reserved for the Czech conductor David Švec.