Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra national de Paris
Coproduction avec De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam et le Teatro dell’opera, Roma
French and English surtitles
The sky is their roof, their country the world.
- Azucena, Acte III, Scène 4
How does one approach Il Trovatore – the most popular opera of its day and a swashbuckling tale of love and death over which looms a gypsy’s curse – without singeing one’s wings in the flames of its flamboyantly extravagant plot? For this work sums up the magic of opera, the way in which a dense and complex libretto abounding in dramatic twists can be transcended by the vertiginous beauty of a vocal line. And by the coherence of the production too: Àlex Ollé transposes the drama to a furious war that sets brother against brother: suddenly night, castles, soldiers, eternal hatred and the stake all become realities.