Verdi's 'Il Trovatore' From Choregies d'Orange Festival
Thursday, October 08, 2015
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.
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