26 January 2017 at 4.30pm | 3 Comments
The first revival of David Bösch’s Royal Opera production strikingly pulls out the opera's prominent themes of jealousy, revenge and love against a hauntingly beautiful wintry landscape. Read audience reactions to the Season opening performance.
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The cinema relay will be presented by TV and radio broadcaster Clemency Burton-Hill.
Before the opera starts, the tragedy has already been set in motion. To avenge the murder of her mother, a gypsy called Azucena abducts the younger son of the Luna family.
When the opera begins, Azucena’s foster son Manrico and the military commander Count di Luna have become rivals in love for Leonora. Azucena has a secret that affects both men: will she tell it, or will she see her revenge through at any cost?
Il trovatore is among Verdi's most highly regarded operas and features a beautiful score of reflective arias, impassioned duets and fiery choruses. It is famous for its 'gypsy' music, in particular the memorable Anvil Chorus.
The score's other highlights include 'Tacea la notte', which shows Verdi's prowess not only in creating big tunes, but also psychologically rich music which drives the drama through the expression of complex characterization.
Verdi also makes it clear that Azucena, a mezzo-soprano, is Il trovatore’s most important female character, and one of the most challenging mezzo-soprano roles in all opera.
The first revival of this opera features a stellar cast including Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Azucena, American tenor Gregory Kunde as Manrico, Armenian soprano Lianna Haroutounian as Leonora and Ukrainian baritone Vitaliy Bilyy, who makes his Royal Opera debut as Count di Luna.
Read audience reaction to the 2016/17 opening night of Il trovatore and add your own review.
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