23 October 2015 at 12.11pm | Comment on this article
The upcoming revival will be the first time Rolando has sung the role with The Royal Opera, having previously performed it at the Berlin State Opera:
'Alfredo is a very interesting character dramatically speaking because he actually evolves a lot - from this loving puppy to this horrendous person, it's quite a journey that has to be clearly and subtly constructed', says Rolando of a character who is eventually redeemed at the opera's climax.
In 2016, Samir makes a return to the role at Covent Garden. The Albanian tenor highlights why La traviata appeals to new audiences and opera aficionados alike:
'When I'm singing, it's very difficult not to cry', says Saimir. 'Traviata is so loved by the public because Verdi wrote such beautiful music'.
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Il trovatore runs 1 December 2016-8 February 2017.
Tickets go on sale to Friends of Covent Garden on 21 September 2016. General booking opens on 18 October 2016.