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Watch: Finding the light in Verdi’s Il trovatore - 'There is love and there is hope'

Verdi's opera is infamous for its darkness and violence, but the cast and creative team of The Royal Opera's recent production believe it has a positive message too.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

18 July 2016 at 2.50pm | 3 Comments

‘It’s about love, it’s about hate, it’s about violence, it’s about fear – it’s about everything that is human in a way’, says Director David Bösch of Giuseppe Verdi’s Il trovatore. 'It’s a very dark and cruel opera. But there is love and there is hope.'

The opera begins mid-way through the story of a gypsy, Azucena, who plans to avenge the Luna family's murder of her mother by abducting their youngest son. Years later, Count di Luna aims to win the heart of noble lady Leonora. She however, has other ideas, and is in love with a revolutionary named Manrico, who looks strangely familiar.

Conductor Gianandrea Noseda believes that Verdi's music makes the story easier to follow and that elements of the score personify each character:

‘Even if the plot is particularly challenging, the music composed in this opera [ensures] everything makes sense', he says. 'In Manrico, you very much see the revolutionary element and understand immediately what he wants to do'.

Tenor Francesco Meli who sang role of Manrico also has high praise for the opera's composer:

'Verdi is not only a great composer of music but a great man of theatre', he says.

Soprano Lianna Haroutounian who plays Leonora, agrees the music captures the imagination of the audience:

‘The music is so powerful, so expressive, and so dynamic. This music has everything’.

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Il trovatore runs 1 December 2016-8 February 2017.

The production is a co-production with Frankfurt Opera and is staged with generous philanthropic support from the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

18 July 2016 at 2.50pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged BP Big Screens, by David Bosch, Francesco Meli, Gianandrea Noseda, Il trovatore, Lianna Haroutounian, live stream, opera, verdi, Željko Lučić

This article has 3 comments

  1. Dr Petrou responded on 2 December 2016 at 10:32am Reply

    Rubbish! The I can hear the anvil chorus portrait as the cooker chorus. Did your producer loose his Action Man when he was a child and he got confused with the era that Verdi wrote the Opera? Is that why he used tanks and machine guns in all the operas?

  2. Margaret Crowe responded on 2 December 2016 at 12:46pm Reply

    What a wonderful account of the plot and music, including the snippet of the unique and innovative Anvil Chorus !

  3. Muriel responded on 5 December 2016 at 7:43pm Reply

    Christmas present from me to me! Fabulous

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