Il Trovatore - Opéra national de Paris (2016) - Il Trovatore - Opéra national de Paris (2016)

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New production, in coproduction with De Nationale Opera Amsterdam

In the aftermath of Rigoletto, Verdi’s sole desire was to do something new. However, he became impatient, angry even, when the project to adapt El Trovador, the play by the Spanish dramatist Antonio Garcia Gutierrez, aroused only guarded enthusiasm from Salvatore Cammarano, his librettist, and the man to whom Donizetti owed in part the success of Lucia di Lammermoor. Was it due to the libretto's inordinately improbable storyline or the illness that would ultimately consume him that the poet left the libretto unfinished? Despite the urgings of the irrepressible Verdi, Cammarano would not yield. Herein lies the paradox of Il Trovatore: in the eyes of its detractors it was the epitome of melodrama and yet the formal constraints imposed by Cammarano fanned the flames of the composer’s passions. Rather than true characters – excepting perhaps Azucena the Gypsy, who guards the secret that will destroy them all – the music portrays almost abstract figures consumed by passion. Originally intended by Verdi to be a secondary role, Leonora takes on the status of a sacrificial heroine. Her fourth-act cavatina “D’amor sull’ali rosee” is not so much a farewell as an Assumption. Anna Netrebko carries this enraptured music to new heights. She is accompanied by Ekaterina Semenchuk, Marcelo Alvarez and Ludovic Tezier, in a new production by Alex Olle. 

More information is available on the opera house's official website.


January 28, 2016 19:30:00

January 31, 2016 19:30:00

February 03, 2016 20:30:00

February 08, 2016 19:30:00

February 11, 2016 19:30:00

February 15, 2016 19:30:00

February 20, 2016 19:30:00

February 24, 2016 19:30:00

February 27, 2016 19:30:00

February 29, 2016 19:30:00

March 03, 2016 19:30:00

March 06, 2016 14:30:00

March 10, 2016 19:30:00

March 15, 2016 19:30:00


Àlex Ollé

Daniele Callegari

Cyrille Lovighi

Ludovic Tézier

Vitaliy Bilyy

Oleksiy Palchykov

Constantin Ghircau

Anna Netrebko

Hui He

Ekaterina Semenchuk

Ekaterina Gubanova

Marion Lebègue

Fabio Sartori

Marcelo Álvarez

Roberto Tagliavini

Work's characters list



Un messo

Il conte di Luna

Il conte di Luna


Un vecchio zingaro