Everyone has heard the Anvil Chorus, but Verdi's epic Il Trovatore (on stage October 27-November 29) is so much more than its signature choral piece. Learn more about Lyric's monumental production, conducted by Asher Fisch and originally conceived by director Sir David McVicar .
A cruel curse separates two brothers at birth. One is the privileged Count di Luna (Quinn Kelsey), and the other, the troubadour Manrico (Yonghoon Lee), is raised by the revenge-obsessed gypsy Azucena (Stephanie Blythe). Now bitter enemies, they clash over the love of the same woman, the beautiful Leonora (Amber Wagner). And that's just Act One! Kidnapping, imprisonment, mistaken identities, gypsies, poisonings, witches burning at the stake, star-crossed lovers, revenge—this opera has everything, including some of Verdi's most irresistible music.
Click here to read the full plot synposis, director's note, and more
in the complete Il Trovatore program book
Il Trovatore: The Two-Minute Summary
Stars Amber Wagner and Quinn Kelsey give you the thumbnail version of Il Trovatore's action-packed plot.
"Patter Up!" with Amber Wagner & Quinn Kelsey
Get to know Lyric's Leonora and Count di Luna as they answer rapid-fire questions. Amber demonstrates her signature dance move, and Quinn sings a little Elvis!
Articles with insights from the cast and creative team
Experience the “vocal thunder” and “visceral grit” in Il Trovatore
"It seems like Lyric Opera can do no wrong this season"- or so says the Chicago Classical Review. Lyric's production of Verdi's epic Il Trovatore is another bonafide hit. Your fall is not complete without seeing this "blazing romantic drama" (Chicago Stage Standard). "Lyric's 'Il Trovatore' is grand opera at its finest," ravies Wynne Delacoma of the Chicago Sun-Times. READ MORE
You know what your favorite operatic moments are—now read what our principal artists from Il Trovatore have to say about their favorite moments of Verdi’s opera and what they love about Chicago. Get restaurant tips from Andrea Silvestrelli, find out Amber Wagner's favorite tourist spots, and try to guess what museum Yonghoon Lee will visit while he's in Chicago. READ MORE
Lyric Libations: Il Trovatore
Nothing says fall like Verdi's epic drama Il Trovatore. This opera truly has everything you could possibly ask for: a larger-than-life plot and blockbuster music to match. Get into the spirit with one of these delightful alcoholic concoctions. You'll be singing along to The Anvil Chorus while tipsy in no time.
Stephanie Blythe on the Backstory of Il Trovatore: The Gypsy's PTSD
Stephanie Blythe's dishes on her II Trovatore character's backstory. "Azucena is someone who has seen something so truly horrifying that she never gets over it." READ MORE
Il Trovatore: A Vocal Feast
Verdi fans have joked for decades that all you need for the composer’s Il Trovatore are the greatest voices in the world – but there’s actually some truth in that! And if you’ve got the right voices, then the feast offered by this opera is sumptuous indeed.
Lyric’s Chorus delights in Il Trovatore and beyond
Il Trovatore is a choral feast and provides one of the biggest showpieces for the amazing Lyric Opera Chorus this season. Chorus Master Michael Black takes us through some of the many choral highlights in Verdi's masterpiece. READ MORE
Opera 101: Inside tech week
Opera secrets revealed! What happens at Lyric during the summer? Each mainstage opera has a week-long summer tech period. Lighting cues are set, sets are repaired, and everything is made ready for performances later in the season. Read on to for a day-by-day breakdown of the preparations for Verdi's Il Trovatore.
Il Trovatore: A Lyric Photo History
Il Trovatore was a hugely popular success when it premiered, and it today remains one of the 20 most-performed operas around the world. Before you come and see Yonghoon Lee, Amber Wagner, Stephanie Blythe, and Quinn Kelsey in Sir David McVicar's production later this season, take a look at some past productions of this great opera throughout Lyric's history, including Maria Callas as Leonora and Jussi Björling as Manrico. READ MORE
Catching up with Chorus Master Michael Black
In this Lyric Lately exclusive, read more about Michael Black's history with Il Trovatore and how he keeps busy during the summer months away from Lyric. READ MORE
Il Trovatore Audio Preview
Music director Sir Andrew Davis shares the synopsis and excerpts from Verdi's Il Trovatore
. Recordings used by permission of EMI Classics.