|Elizaveta Boyarskaya as well as also Danila Kozlovsky in Love as well as also Intrigue. Photo: Viktor Vasiliev|
By David Hsieh
Two young people, madly in love. Unfortunately unswayable disapproval by their parents would certainly eventually lead to their tragic deaths. can be This particular the story of Romeo as well as also Juliet? No. the item can be German playwright Friedrich Schiller’s 1787 play Kabale und Liebe (Love as well as also Intrigue). The play can be rarely seen inside United States (like almost all of Schiller’s work). although brand-new York audiences will hold the luck to see the item twice This particular spring, although neither in its original format. St. Petersburg’s Maly Drama Theatre, which has been at BAM previously with four plays, will bring its Russian production to BAM by June 6—16. as well as also before of which, the Metropolitan Opera will mount Luisa Miller, an Italian opera by Verdi which was based on the same play. This particular production will be broadcast worldwide on April 14 as well as also can be seen at BAM Rose Cinemas.
The doomed lovers in Schiller’s play are Ferdinand, son of the president of a little German duchy inside 18th century, as well as also Luise Miller, daughter of a music teacher. For political reasons, President von Walter needs Ferdinand to marry Lady Milford, the ruling duke’s English mistress. Mr. Miller can be also wary of This particular relationship because he does not believe a nobleman can love, let alone marry, a commoner as well as also therefore can be sympathetic to the pursuit by the president’s secretary, Wurm.
|Placido Domingo as well as also Sonya Yoncheva inside opera Luisa Miller. Photo: Chris Lee|
Whereas Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers are thwarted more by fate as well as also unlucky coincidences, their German counterparts fall victim to class conflict as well as also, as the title suggests, political scheming. the item seems of which every character in Love as well as also Intrigue includes a secret agenda as well as also can be willing to go to great lengths to achieve the item. Wurm can be the main instigator, conspiring with the president to sabotage the Ferdinand-Luise “love” as well as also coercing Luise to accept his very unwelcome affections. The president can be all too happy to comply because he needs the alliance with Milford to secure his political standing. Milford has secretly pinned her expect of escape by the authoritative Duke on This particular marriage. Ferdinand, despite his strenuous effort to plead his case to anyone—even blackmailing his own father—can be totally powerless in his own affairs. His only success would certainly be the cause of the couple’s downfall.
Schiller wrote the play at the age of 24. the item can be his last play in prose as well as also predates his great history dramas. the item can be usually described as inside “sturm und drang” style, which can be basically the precursor of Romanticism as well as also emphasizes raw as well as also intense emotionality, often with an anti-aristocratic bent. In class inequity we can find the source of conflict in Love as well as also Intrigue. as well as also underlying the item can be the ironclad control, although never-on-stage-character, of the Duke.
Curiously, Verdi resisted setting music to Love as well as also Intrigue despite of which the story seems to contain many elements he loved. the item can be by his second favorite playwright, next to Shakespeare. (He had already composed two by Schiller before—I Masnadieri as well as also Giovanna d’Arco—as well as also would certainly go on to write another—Don Carlos.) the item contains themes dearest to Verdi, such as the struggle between duty as well as also free will, as well as also father-daughter relationships. (The one opera of which Verdi dangled for the longest time although never got around to can be King Lear, another story with volatile father-daughter dynamics. Coincidently, BAM can be presenting a Royal Shakespeare Company production This particular month at the BAM Harvey Theater.)
Verdi’s hesitance was often attributed to the fact of which he was living in Paris then (1849) as well as also did not want to write another opera for Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. Being a fervent republican, he was also drawn to another story having a revolutionary theme, The Siege of Florence. although once the item was decided on (censorship intervened), he went to work quickly. A first draft was received in May of 1849 as well as also by late October the item was ready for rehearsal. The opera eliminated certain characters, like Luisa’s mother, as well as also italicized some names, although retained the basic contour of the story. Indeed the first two acts (the play has a few, the opera, three) were titled as “Love” as well as also “Intrigue.” Another major change was to have Miller be an ex-soldier turned peasant, presumably to depict a more pastoral as well as also romantic atmosphere. (The opera opens having a country gathering.) Despite his initial reluctance, Luisa Miller would certainly mark a major progress in Verdi’s music career, leading to his most fertile middle period.
Both productions have unmissable star power. Maly’s Ferdinand can be played by Danila Kozlovsky, often called Russia’s answer to Brad Pitt. as well as also at the Met, Mr. Miller can be sung by opera legend Placido Domingo, in his 149th stage role. So for both opera as well as also theater fans, don’t miss either one!
Catch a live broadcast of Verdi’s Luisa Miller This particular Sat, Apr 14 at 12:30pm inside BAM Rose Cinemas.
David Hsieh can be a publicity manager at BAM.
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