Verdi's complex tragedy Il Trovatore has a story that verges on the outlandish, but its music has made it one of the most popular of all the composer's great operas, and it serves up an astonishing number of his most familiar melodies.
On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Il Trovatore in a production, from the 2014 Salzburg Festival, featuring a cast that made it one of the operatic year's most anticipated events. Soprano Anna Netrebko stars as Lenora, alongside Placido Domingo as Count di Luna, continuing both his extraordinary career and his fascinating exploration of one of Verdi's great baritone roles.
Leonora: Anna Netrebko (soprano)
Manrico: Francesco Meli (tenor)
Azucena: Marie-Nicole Lemieux (contralto)
Count di Luna: Placido Domingo (baritone)
Ferrando: Riccardo Zanellato (bass)
Inez: Diana Haller (mezzo-soprano)
Ruiz: Gerard Schneider (tenor)
Vienna State Opera Chorus Concert Association
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Daniele Gatti, conductor