Il trovatore

By Giuseppe Verdi

  • Language - Sung in Italian with projected English translations
  • Running Time - 2 hours, 45 minutes with 1 intermission

For this hot-blooded tale of love, jealousy, and retribution, Verdi created music that truly bursts with excitement!

And what wonderful characters—bold and courageous Manrico, his beloved Leonora, the vengeful Count di Luna, and the wild, obsessed gypsy Azucena. Each has thrilling music to sing as the drama unfolds in the smoldering atmosphere of darkly mysterious 15th-century Spain. The “Anvil Chorus,” Leonora’s “Miserere,” Manrico’s stirring call to arms—these are just a few of the fabulous highlights that make Il trovatore a feast of sumptuous singing.

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This production of Il trovatore was presented at Lyric November 17 – December 9, 2018. View our calendar to see what's currently on stage.

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Il trovatore

by Giuseppe Verdi

"Di geloso amor sprezzato"
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"Vedi! le fosche notturne" (Anvil Chorus)
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"Di quella pira, l'orrendo foco"
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Il trovatore

by Giuseppe Verdi

commentary by Elinor Olin
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Il trovatore Synopsis

TIME: 19th century
PLACE: Spain

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Meet The Artists

Tamara Wilson*

Leonora

Jamie Barton

Azucena

Russell Thomas

Manrico

Artur Ruciński*

Count di Luna

Roberto Tagliavini*

Ferrando

Lauren Decker ‡

Inez

Mario Rojas ‡

Ruiz

Marco Armiliato

Conductor

Sir David McVicar

Original Director

Roy Rallo*

Revival Director

Charles Edwards

Set Designer

Brigitte Reiffenstuel

Costume Designer

Jennifer Tipton

Original Lighting Designer

Chris Maravich

Revival Lighting Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

* Lyric Opera debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumni
‡ Current Member, Ryan Opera Center

Production Sponsors

HENRY AND GILDA BUCHBINDER FAMILY FOUNDATION
EARL AND BRENDA SHAPIRO FOUNDATION
A coproduction of Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Metropolitan Opera, and the San Francisco Opera Association.

Photo: Todd Rosenberg