Verdi's Il Trovatore From the Salzburg Festival

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Placido Domingo as Count di Luna and Riccardo Zanellato as Ferrando in Verdi's 'Il Trovatore' From the 2014 Salzburg Festival. Placido Domingo as Count di Luna and Riccardo Zanellato as Ferrando in Verdi's 'Il Trovatore' From the 2014 Salzburg Festival. (© Salzburger Festspiele / Forster)

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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

Comments [5]

CastaDiva from United States

Good to know that others, too, are of the opinion that Domingo should NOT be singing baritone roles. He thrilled us for decades with his glorious tenor voice, but losing his top tenorial range does not make him a baritone. He is ruining the Verdi operas for listeners who like to hear a rich, warm, full bodied baritone sound in these operas. Why to opera companies indulge him?

Oct. 19 2014 07:16 PM
Sharon from NY

Me again--I see Ellen already posted a reply (while I was composing mine) about the broadcast schedule. :)

And I agree about Domingo--when I saw his name listed I assumed he was conducting. Then I read the cast list--ugh. He is making it very hard to listen to this.

Oct. 16 2014 05:37 PM
Sharon from NY

The weekly "World of Opera" broadcast is at 4pm ET on Thursday, and this same program is then repeated on Saturday at 5pm ET and on Sunday at 1pm ET.

Oct. 16 2014 05:26 PM
Ellen Lienhard from West Chester, PA

Hi Renee, I found it, not much help for today but here goes: Every Thursday at 4 PM ET, Saturday at 5 PM and Sunday at 1 PM. My chief quibble is listening to a tenor with no top calling himself a baritone. Just because it is Domingo.

Oct. 16 2014 05:21 PM
Renee Tiesler from New York City

It would help if you indicated at what TIME of the day these performances are. I don't normally have time to listen to the Operavore stream all through the day. Thanks.

Oct. 16 2014 12:05 PM

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