16 Jul 2017

VERDI: Il Trovatore

From Opera On Sunday, 6:00 pm on 16 July 2017

Sunday 16 July at 6.00pm on RNZ Concert

VERDI: Il Trovatore

An opera in four acts, based on the play 'El Trovador' by Antonio García Gutiérrez

Scene from Il Trovatore

Scene from Il Trovatore Photo: Public Domain

The Count di Luna loves Leonora, but she loves Manrico, the Count’s military enemy. Manrico’s mother Azucena tells him how her mother was burnt to death for supposed witchcraft against the Count’s baby brother. Azucena intended to throw the baby onto the fire – but blinded by revenge she lost her own child to the flames.

The Count captures Manrico and Azucena. Leonora promises herself to him if he will give them their freedom, but secretly takes poison. Leonora dies in Manrico’s arms. The Count has Manrico executed. Azucena reveals that her mother is finally avenged: the Count has murdered his own brother.

Leonora........................Lianna Haroutounian

Manrico........................Francesco Meli

Count di Luna...............Željko Lučić

Azucena.......................Ekaterina Semenchuk

Chorus and Orchestra of Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Gianandrea Noseda (EBU)

 

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