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Verdi’s Luisa Miller re-entered the repertoire in a major way when Monsterrat Caballé and then Katia Ricciarelli assumed the title role in the 1960s and ’70s, the latter taking it to all the major houses. Since then it is usually mounted for a soprano with the requisite lyric grace and flexibility as well as an ability to tug at the heart strings. Marina Rebeka certainly clears all those hurdles in her first outing with the role, recorded in concert in Munich (2017). She possesses limpid tone, fleet coloratura and vocal steel when required. One perhaps would only like a touch more character, which hopefully will come if she gets the opportunity to perform the role onstage. Much the same could be said of conductor Ivan Repušić, who is meticulous in shading the music perhaps at the expense of some judicious splashes of vulgarity. Ivan Magrì brings some Italian warmth as Rodolfo, making an unusual but appropriate reverie of ‘Quando le sere al placido’, and George Petean brings noble tone and paternal concern to Miller. It’s good to hear two young basses, Ante Jerkunica and Marko Mimica, make such successes of Wurm and Walter respectively.

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