Il trovatore - Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2016) - Il trovatore - Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2016)

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New production

Co production with Frankfurt Opera

Verdi wrote Il trovatore hot on the heels of Rigoletto, and its premiere came a scant two months before that of La traviata. But Il trovatore, while no less popular than its neighbours, is quite different. Verdi himself had suggested the source material, Antonio García Gutiérrez’s play El trovador (1836), to his librettist Salvatore Cammarano. He encouraged Cammarano to pursue the same cross-genre developments Verdi had introduced in Rigoletto, writing in an early letter ‘if the entire opera were, let’s say, a single piece, I would find it more reasonable and just’. As it happens, the end result is highly formal in structure, and seems to look back before the innovations of Rigoletto – but audiences since the opera’s premiere have been captivated by its great dramatic concision and energy.

Il trovatore is probably best known for its ‘gypsy’ music – the Anvil Chorus, Azucena’s ‘Stride la vampa’ and Manrico’s heroic ‘Di quella pira’ are key examples. But Verdi wrote wonderful music for all four of his leads, with the ‘aristocratic’ ‘Il balen del suo sorriso’ for the Count, and Leonora’s prayer ‘D’amor sull’ali rosee’ among a host of thrilling ensembles and chorus numbers. German director David Bösch, celebrated for his theatrical productions for Munich and Frankfurt among others, makes his UK debut with this new production for The Royal Opera. The opera’s themes of jealousy, revenge and love play out against a hauntingly beautiful, wintry landscape that has been riven by war.

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

Schedule

July 02, 2016 19:15:00

July 04, 2016 19:15:00

July 05, 2016 19:15:00

July 07, 2016 19:15:00

July 08, 2016 19:15:00

July 09, 2016 19:15:00

July 11, 2016 19:15:00

July 12, 2016 19:15:00

July 14, 2016 19:15:00

July 15, 2016 19:15:00

July 17, 2016 18:30:00

Casting

David Bösch

Gianandrea Noseda

Željko Lučić

Christopher Maltman

David Junghoon Kim

Lianna Haroutounian

Carmen Giannattasio

Marina Prudenskaya

Ekaterina Semenchuk

Jennifer Davis

Lauren Fagan

Gregory Kunde

Francesco Meli

Roberto Alagna

Maurizio Muraro

Work's characters list

Director

Conductor

Il conte di Luna

Il conte di Luna

Ruiz

Leonora

Leonora

Azucena

Azucena

Ines

Ines

Manrico

Manrico

Manrico

Ferrando

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