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Il trovatore Digital Programme


Supported by Nesta, Arts & Humanities Research Council and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Introduction to the opera

Watch: the trailer

Watch: exclusive film

Conductor Richard Farnes talks about the music of Il trovatore in this backstage film exclusive to your digital programme

Watch: exclusive film

Watch The Royal Opera Chorus in rehearsal for Il trovatore in this backstage film exclusive to your digital programme


A full synopsis of The Royal Opera's production

Live cinema cast

The casting for the live cinema performance on Tuesday 31 January 2017

Production photos (December 2016)

The most recent production photographs from the performances in the 2016/17 Season

Production photos (July 2016)

Photographs from performances in the 2015/16 Season

Fire and Ashes

An insightful exploration of the theme of fire in Il trovatore

Musical highlight part I: ‘Tace la notte’

Leonora remembers her sublime first meeting with Manrico and exults in their love

Musical highlight Part II – ‘The Gypsy’: Azucena and ‘Stride la vampa!’

Verdi chillingly illustrates one solitary woman’s obsession, which drives the drama and will bring it to its tragic close.

Musical Highlight Part III – ‘The Gypsy’s Son’: Manrico and ‘Di quella pira’

This much-loved Verdi show-stopper brilliantly portrays the heroic Manrico’s emotions in a time of great trauma.

Musical highlight Part IV – ‘The Execution’: Leonora and ‘D’amor sull’ali rosee’

In this masterful extended scene, Verdi examines the determination and despair of Leonora.