Verdi's Il Trovatore

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Marco Berti as Manrico; Tamara Wilson as Lenora in Verdi's 'Il Trovatore' Marco Berti as Manrico; Tamara Wilson as Lenora in Verdi's 'Il Trovatore' (Felix Sanchez/Houston Grand Opera)

Il Trovatore is classic Verdi, featuring over-the-top characters, an unlikely, convoluted plot, and classic Verdi themes of destiny and desire. Houston Grand Opera staged this production this spring, with American soprano Tamara Wilson as sing Leonora, the noble lady in love with the troubadour and officer, Manrico, sung by Italian tenor Marco Berti.

The gypsy Azucena is sung by Dolora Zajick and Count di Lunca by Tómas Tómasson. The searing and powerful score will be conducted by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers.

Cast:
Leonora: Tamara Wilson
Manrico: Marco Berti
Azucena: Dolora Zajick
Count di Luna: Tómas Tómasson
Ferrando: Peixin Chen

Conductor: Patrick Summers
Stage Director: Stephen Lawless
Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Chorus Master: Richard Bado

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Comments [2]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

No matter how ridiculous a plot or its denouement, opera and drama have survived by the talents of the interpreters. This is particularly true in the cases of Shakespeare and opera. Hope springs eternal. Let's assume that this cast is up to the demands of the score. John Ruskin wrote "The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it." Interpreters can supersede their material by dint of their imagination, talent and technique applied to the scenario given them.

Nov. 16 2013 09:29 AM
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.

Nov. 16 2013 07:31 AM

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