11 Mar 2018

VERDI: Il Trovatore

From Opera On Sunday, 6:00 pm on 11 March 2018
A scene from Il Trovatore at Metropolitan Opera

A scene from Il Trovatore at Metropolitan Opera Photo: Karen Almond/Metropolitan Opera

Sunday 11 March at 6.00pm on RNZ Concert

Metropolitan Opera 2018 Season

VERDI: Il Trovatore

Verdi’s turbulent tragedy of four characters caught in a web of family ties, politics, and love is a mainstay of the operatic repertory. The score is as melodic as it is energetic, with infectious tunes that are not easily forgotten. The vigorous music accompanies a dark and disturbing tale that revels in many of the most extreme expressions of Romanticism, including violent shifts in tone, unlikely coincidences, and characters who are impelled by raw emotion rather than cool logic.

Manrico....................... Yonghoon Lee

Leonora....................... Jennifer Rowley

Azucena....................... Anita Rachvelishvili

Count Di Luna............. Quinn Kelsey

Ferrando...................... Štefan Kocán

Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra/Marco Armiliato (EBU)

A scene from Il Trovatore at Metropolitan Opera

A scene from Il Trovatore at Metropolitan Opera Photo: Karen Almond/Metropolitan Opera

The opera is originally set in northern Spain in the early 15th century, during a time of prolonged civil war. Audiences of the Romantic era understood civil war as a sort of societal schizophrenia, in which individuals could be easily torn apart, both physically and psychologically, by shifting fortunes and conflicted loyalties. The Met’s production places the action during the Peninsular War (1808–1814), when Spain and its allies were fighting the forces of Napoleon.

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