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October 27-November 29, 2014

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  • by Giuseppe Verdi
  • In Italian with projected English texts
  • Approximate running time: 2hrs, 45 min

 

Primal passions. Potent music.

The troubadour Manrico and Count di Luna are bitter enemies. But in a twist of fate, they're both in love with Leonora — and they're brothers without knowing it.

Emotions boil in an action-packed story that includes babies switched at birth, kidnapping, mistaken identity, poisoning, civil strife, witches burned at the stake, and a noblewoman who offers herself to a man she hates, to save the man she loves.

High drama and some of the most famous music Verdi ever composed — including the "Anvil Chorus"!

"Il Trovatore is all about excitement — and this David McVicar show delivers it!" The Wall Street Journal

Lyric Opera production generously made possible by an Anonymous Donor, Julie and Roger Baskes, the Howard Family Foundation, and the Mazza Foundation.

Coproduction of Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, and San Francisco Opera Association



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Starring

  • Yonghoon Lee

    Manrico

    Yonghoon Lee

    Yonghoon Lee portrays the courageous Manrico. Delivering visceral singing with a gorgeous tenor voice, "all the buzz about him is justified." The New York Times

  • Amber Wagner

    Leonora

    Amber Wagner

    Amber Wagner: Her voice is voluptuous. Her talent is limitless. In demand around the world for major dramatic soprano roles, this Ryan Center alumna "is destined for greatness." Chicago Sun-Times

  • Stephanie Blythe

    Azucena

    Stephanie Blythe

    Stephanie Blythe is a "gripping Azucena…using her dramatically exciting instrument to convey the Gypsy's emotional trauma as she veers between anguish and anger." San Francisco Chronicle

  • Quinn Kelsey

    Count di Luna

    Quinn Kelsey

    Quinn Kelsey is "unforgettable…power, scope, and theatrical flair so robust and forceful as to put everyone else in the shade."
    San Francisco Chronicle

  • Andrea Silvestrelli

    Ferrando

    Andrea Silvestrelli

Il Trovatore - Yonghoon Lee 

Manrico
Yonghoon Lee

Il Trovatore - Amber Wagner 

Leonora
Amber Wagner† † 

Il Trovatore - Stephanie Blythe 

Azucena
Stephanie Blythe

Il Trovatore - Kelsey 

Count di Luna
Quinn Kelsey† †

Il Trovatore - Andrea Silvestrelli 

Ferrando
Andrea Silvestrelli

Asher Fisch  

Conductor
Asher Fisch

Sir David McVicar  

Original Director
Sir David McVicar

Il Trovatore - Leah Hausman 

Revival Director and Choreographer
Leah Hausman

Il Trovatore - Charles Edwards 

Set Designer
Charles Edwards

Brigitte Reiffenstuel 

Costume Designer
Brigitte Reiffenstuel

Jennifer Tipton 

Lighting Designer
Jennifer Tipton

Il Trovatore - Michael Black 

Chorus Master
Michael Black

† † Alumni, Ryan Opera Center

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.

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