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Il Trovatore

Giuseppe Verdi 1813-1901

Opera in four parts
Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano after Antonio García Gutiérrez' play El trovador (1836)
First performedJanuary 19 1853, Teatro Apollo, Rome
A co-production with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London

Sung in Italian with German surtitles
ca. 3 hours, including 1 interval
an introductory talk, in German, begins in the upstairs foyer 30 minutes before every performance  

Conductor Jader Bignamini
Conte di Luna Brian Mulligan / Tassis Christoyannis
Leonora Elza van den Heever / Leah Crocetto
Azucena Tanja Ariane Baumgartner / Ewa Płonka
Manrico Piero Pretti / Alfred Kim
Ferrando Kihwan Sim / Daniel Miroslaw
Ines Alison King*
A Gypsy Thesele Kemane*
Ruiz Theo Lebow

*Member of the Opera Studio

A woman traumatised by seeing her mother being burned alive became so hysterical that she mixed up two children, throwing her own onto the fire. The story of two brothers who, ignorant of one another, love the same woman, is no less tragic. In order to tell the bizzare storyline and take the contradictions in the story seriously, David Bösch and his team show everything: an Azucena, driven by vindictiveness, a Leonora who, for love's sake, chooses suicide, a Manrico who, mad with jealousy, accuses dying Leonora of unfaithfulness and a Luna, driven by hate and unaware of their backgrounds, kills his own brother.

Il trovatore has polarised audiences ever since it was first performed in 1853: questioning the horror in the confusing tale on one hand - witches are burned, children stolen, novices abducted, poison taken and executions carried out - applause and joy for the belcanto numbers and rousing choruses on the other. Although the protagnists react as victims of madness, hate, jealousy, love and revenge, Il trovatore is still one of Verdi's most popular operas.