le trouvère

Giuseppe Verdi

Opéra Bastille - from 20 June to 14 July 2018

Photo © Hanna Fasching

Il Trovatore

Opera in four parts (1853)

Music
Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto
Salvatore Cammarano

After Antonio García Gutiérrez
In Italian

Conductor
Maurizio Benini
Director
Àlex Ollé
Il Conte di Luna
Željko Lučić
Gabriele Viviani
Leonora
Sondra Radvanovsky
Elena Stikhina
Azucena
Anita Rachvelishvili
Ekaterina Semenchuk
Manrico
Marcelo Alvarez
Roberto Alagna
Yusif Eyvazov
Ferrando
Mika Kares
Ines
Élodie Hache
Ruiz
Yu Shao
Un vecchio Zingaro
Lucio Prete
Un Messo
Luca Sannai
Set design
Alfons Flores
Costume design
Lluc Castells
Lighting design
Urs Schönebaum
Chorus master
José Luis Basso

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

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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.

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