Verdi's 'Il Trovatore' From Choregies d'Orange Festival

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Thursday, October 08, 2015

Verdi's 'Il Trovatore' in a production from the 2015 Choregies d'Orange Festival. Verdi's 'Il Trovatore' in a production from the 2015 Choregies d'Orange Festival. (Théâtre Antique)
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Verdi's complex tragedy "Il Trovatore" has an outlandish story, but also serves up an astonishing number of his most familiar melodies and that music has made it one of the most popular of all the composer's operas.

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents "Il Trovatore" in a production from the 2015 Choregies d'Orange Festival. It also comes to us from one of opera's most unusual and fascinating venues, the 2000-year-old Théâtre Antique, an ancient Roman theater in Orange, France. The stars are tenor Roberto Alagna as Manrico, contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux as Azucena, and soprano Hui He as Leonora.

Cast:

Leonora: Hui He (soprano)
Manrico: Roberto Alagna (tenor)
Azucena: Marie-Nicole Lemieux (contralto)
Count di Luna: George Petean (baritone)
Ferrando: Nicolas Testé (bass-baritone)
Inez: Ludivine Gombert (soprano)
Ruiz: Julien Dran (tenor)

National Orchestra of France
Grand Avignon, Nice, and Toulon Provence-Méditerranée Opera Choruses
Bertrand de Billy, conductor

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Sanford Rothenberg from Brooklyn

The plot of "Il Trovatore" has long been subject to ridicule,most notably in the Marx Brothers film "A Night at the Opera",although the 1836 play "El Trovator", by Antonio Garcia Gutierrez,on which it is based,was well-received,and Verdi's librettist was Salvatore Cammarano,who wrote libretti for "Lucia di Lammermoor","Roberto Devereux",and "Luisa Miller",among others.Cammarano died in 1852,after having completed the original libretto,and revisions were made by Leone Emanuele Bardare.It is thought that some of the plot silliness crept in during the revision process.

Oct. 11 2015 12:31 AM

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