Il trovatore

Giuseppe Verdi

Opéra Bastille - from 28 January to 15 March 2016

Il Trovatore

Opera in four parts (1853)

Music
Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto
Salvatore Cammarano

After Antonio García Gutiérrez
In Italian

Conductor
Daniele Callegari
Director
Àlex Ollé
Il Conte di Luna
Ludovic Tézier
Vitaliy Bilyy
Leonora
Anna Netrebko
Hui He
Azucena
Ekaterina Semenchuk
Luciana D'Intino
Manrico
Marcelo Alvarez
Yusif Eyvazov
Ferrando
Roberto Tagliavini
Liang Li
Ines
Marion Lebègue
Ruiz
Oleksiy Palchykov
Un vecchio zingaro
Constantin Ghircau
Un messo
Cyrille Lovighi
Set design
Alfons Flores
Costume design
Lluc Castells
Lighting design
Urs Schönebaum
Chorus master
José Luis Basso

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Coproduction with De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam

French and English surtitles

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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"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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