Luisa Miller

A father’s betrayal. A daughter’s sacrifice. Longing only for love, a brave young woman sacrifices her own happiness in a desperate attempt to save her father’s life. Revered for its masterful depiction of intimate emotions, Verdi’s swiftly moving tragedy explores the forbidden passion between a peasant girl and a nobleman and the plotting of two ruthless men determined to tear them apart.

Music by Giuseppe Verdi | Libretto by Felice Romani

Sung in Italian with English supertitles


From a purely musical perspective, this was one of the Company's finer outings in many a season.

San Francisco Chronicle

The cast, an exciting mix of rising stars and strong debutants, conspired to bring power and finesse to the score's vocal writing, and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, led by Music Director Nicola Luisotti, infused the performance with rich instrumental colorings.

San Francisco Chronicle

Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducted forcefully, infusing the opera's pivotal episodes with vigor and clarity

San Jose Mercury News

Leah Crocetto unleashed torrents of powerful and beautifully tuned sound. She delivers climatic high notes with a combination of precision and dramatic urgency that can be thrilling to witness.

San Francisco Chronicle

Michael Fabiano brought a high-voltage blend of tonal beauty and fearless athleticism to the role of Rodolfo. His performance was simply breathtaking.

San Francisco Chronicle

Leah Crocetto boasts a large, agile voice and she sang with power and grace.

San Jose Mercury News

Michael Fabiano gave an impassioned, fully committed performance, delivering the music with big, rich tone and elegant phrasing.

San Jose Mercury News

Luisa Miller is a rousing revival!

Ekaterina Semenchuk made a vivid Company debut.... throaty but elegant singing, which sounded at once alluring and dangerous.

San Francisco Chronicle

There was a potent Company debut from Ukrainian baritone Vitaliy Bilyy as Luisa's father, and Andrea Silvestrelli deployed his outlandishly loud bass to give Wurm the necessary sense of menace.

San Francisco Chronicle

Daniel Sumegi was effective in his first important Italian role at this Opera House.

Jacqueline Piccolino sang a lovely and sympathetic Laura, making a large impression in a small role.

San Francisco Classical Voice

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A village girl in love with a dashing nobleman becomes entangled in the court scheming of her lover’s father and his steward.

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Cast & Creative

Luisa Miller Leah Crocetto
Rodolfo Michael Fabiano
Miller Vitaliy Bilyy *
Count Walter Daniel Sumegi
Federica Ekaterina Semenchuk *
Wurm Andrea Silvestrelli
Laura Jacqueline Piccolino
Peasant Christopher Jackson


September 11, 16, 19, 22, 25, 27

Conductor Nicola Luisotti
Production Francesca Zambello
Associate Director Laurie Feldman
Set Designer Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer Dunya Ramicova
Lighting Designer Gary Marder
Original Lighting Designer Mark McCullough
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

 * San Francisco Opera Debut

San Francisco Opera production

Previous performances of Luisa Miller can be found in our Archive.

Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by Opening Weekend Grand Sponsor Diane B. Wilsey, Koret Foundation and Dianne and Tad Taube.

Maestro Luisotti’s appearance is made possible by the Conductors Fund, and Ms. Crocetto’s and Mr. Fabiano’s appearances are made possible by the Emerging Stars Fund, both established by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem.

Original production made possible, in part, by a gift from The Edgar Foster Daniels Foundation.