Il Trovatore - Giuseppe Verdi - Opéra national de Paris

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    Il Trovatore

    Giuseppe Verdi

    Opéra Bastille - from 28 January to 15 March 2016

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Il Trovatore

Opéra Bastille - from 28 January to 15 March 2016

Il Trovatore

Opera Giuseppe Verdi

Opéra Bastille - from 28 January to 15 March 2016

2h55 with 1 interval

Language : Italian


In few words:

"May the radiance of her gaze calm the tempest in my heart."

- Il Trovatore, Act II, scene 2

In the aftermath of Rigoletto, Verdi’s sole desire was to do something new. However, he became impatient, angry even, when the project to adapt El Trovador, the play by the Spanish dramatist Antonio García Gutiérrez, aroused only guarded enthusiasm from Salvatore Cammarano, his librettist, and the man to whom Donizetti owed in part the success of Lucia di Lammermoor. Was it due to the libretto's inordinately improbable storyline or the illness that would ultimately consume him that the poet left the libretto unfinished? Despite the urgings of the irrepressible Verdi, Cammarano would not yield. Herein lies the paradox of Il Trovatore: in the eyes of its detractors it was the epitome of melodrama and yet the formal constraints imposed by Cammarano fanned the flames of the composer’s passions.

Rather than true characters – excepting perhaps Azucena the Gypsy, who guards the secret that will destroy them all – the music portrays almost abstract figures consumed by passion. Originally intended by Verdi to be a secondary role, Leonora takes on the status of a sacrificial heroine. Her fourth-act cavatina “D’amor sull’ali rosee” is not so much a farewell as an Assumption. Anna Netrebko carries this enraptured music to new heights. She is accompanied by Ekaterina Semenchuk, Marcelo Alvarez and Ludovic Tézier, in a new production by Alex Ollé.


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Il Trovatore - Giuseppe Verdi

About the work


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  • Sponsor of the Paris Opera initiatives for young people and of the avant-premières

  • With the support of AROP

This production will be recorded for television.

A coproduction by the Paris Opera, Telmondis and Mezzo with support from the CNC and directed by Vincent Massip.
Broadcast in cinemas live on 11 February and on Mezzo on 18 June.

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