A love stronger than death

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(Chris Lee / Met Opera) Plácido Domingo as Miller and Sonya Yoncheva in the title role of Verdi’s Luisa Miller.

Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT), in partnership with The Met: Live in HD, presents Guiseppe Verdi’s Luisa Miller.

This tragic tale of love streams live on Apr. 14, at 12:30 p.m. The production will last approximately three hours and 28 minutes with two intermissions. Dr. James Caplinger from the University of Charleston will give a complimentary lecture beginning at 11:45 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for general admission, $14 for seniors and $10 for children/students. For tickets or more information, call GVT’s Box Office at 304-645-3838 or visit www.gvtheatre.org.

This tragically doomed love story stars Sonya Yoncheva as the beautiful but poor Luisa, Plácido Domingo as her father Miller and Piotr Beczala as her true love Rodolfo. The production will be conducted by Bertrand de Billy.

“A display not to be missed: someone of Plácido Domingo’s stage of life taking on a new Verdi role at a great opera house and doing himself no small degree of honor with it. You almost don’t believe your ears … The clear, smoothly slicing quality of Sonya Yoncheva’s soprano makes special impact … Piotr Beczała gave the rash Rodolfo his trademark poise and elegance … Astonishing.” – New York Times

Domingo has had a long and varied career that has spanned 40 years and includes more than 4,000 performances worldwide. He made his Met debut in 1968 as Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur, and his conducting debut in 1984 with La Boheme. The talented tenor has a repertoire that includes the title roles of Simon Boccanegra, Idomeneo and Nabucco. He also founded the international vocal competition Operalia and is general director of LA Opera. This season with the Met he will also be conducting Roméo et Juliette.

This program is presented with financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture & History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.