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Verdi Il Trovatore

From 21 January TO 17 February 2023
Opéra Bastille - Paris
Program

Verdi : Il Trovatore

2h55 avec 1 entracte de 30 min
Cast
  • Conductor
    Carlo Rizzi
  • Director
    Alex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus)
  • Performers
    Manrico: Yusif Eyvazov
    Leonora: Anna Pirozzi
    Il Conte di Luna: Quinn Kelsey
    Azucena: Judit Kutasi
    Ferrando: Roberto Tagliavini
  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Opéra Bastille - Paris Location Place de la Bastille - 75012 Paris France

  • Venue's Capacity: 2745

From its beginnings under Louis XIV to the present day, including the construction of the Palais Gamier under Napoleon III, the history of the Paris Opera has been marked by the wishes and whims of the French government. The decision to build a new opera on the Place de la Bastille is no exception, made by Frangois Mitterrand less than a year after being elected President. A competition was organized, and of the 750 projects presented, the one designed by the Uruguayan-Canadian architect Carl Ott won. The new building, whose large ground surface ostentatiously marks the site where the French Revolution broke out, was inaugurated during the bicentennial celebrations of that same Revolution in 1989.

 

From the Place de la Bastille, the building's glass facade, with its "aleatory" lighting designed by Yann Kersale, suggests the sober modernism of its interior, even more so because the interior uses the same construction materials as the exterior, symbolizing a desire to open out to the public. Once inside, one can discover the warmth of the light wood that adorns the large 2703-seat hall with its proscenium stage. But the building barely stops here, for one must imagine the enormous backstage that takes up 55 per cent of the edifice's total volume, the six underground stories of technical premises, the workshops that make and stock the mobile sets as well as the costumes, not to mention the Gounod Hall, that has a stage identical to the main one, used for rehearsals. Designed around a symmetrical axis that is symbolized by the sculpted tuning forks that decorate the public premises, the Bastille Opera is a formidable computerized machine for staging opera productions, employing the population of a veritable city-within-a-city.

 

The conductor Myung-Whun Chung faced the difficult task of starting up this machine. The audience discovered productions staged by Bob Wilson or Peter Sellars, which it did not always unanimously applaud. But today, in full possession of its impressive technical means, permitting the rotation of different productions, the Bastille Opera proposes the most diverse performances. Currently managed by Hugues Gall and his music director James Conlon, revivals, premieres and major productions now share the season's billing, at a pace that leaves the audience little respite.

Since 2014, Stépahne Lissner is the Director of the Paris Opera.

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Synopsis

Il Trovatore

IL TROVATORE: A DRAMA OF WAR, LOVE AND FATE
Verdi's Il Trovatore, performed worldwide, tells the tale of Manrique, who - disguised as the 'troubadour' of the title - serenades Leonore, a beautiful noblewoman at his enemy's court. Though his song wins her heart, it fires the jealousy of the Count De Luna. Manrique and De Luna are rivals in love and leaders of opposing armies, but their fates are strangely linked by a mystery from years before...
Il Trovatore combined war, romance, revenge and revelation to create a huge hit and an enduring favourite - millions hearing it for the first time will recognise the famous Anvil Chorus.

HISTORY

Act 1
From Fernand, De Luna's captain of guards, we learn how Manrique's mother, Azucena, lost her mother by the cruelty of De Luna's father and avenged herself by abducting and killing one of the count's two sons, only his charred bones being found.
Leonora admits her love to her confidante, while De Luna stalks in search of his rival. Mistaking De Luna for the troubadour, Leonore rushes to him, only for Manrique to appear, and she is powerless to prevent a duel between the enemies.

Act 2
Manrique has spared De Luna's life, only to be defeated on the battlefield, left for dead, and rescued by Azucena.
Azucena remains haunted by her duty to avenge her mother. She confesses that, in her confusion, the child she killed was not the count's son, but her own. Who, then, is Manrique? A messenger arrives and reports that Leonore, believing Manrique is dead, intends to renounce the world and enter a convent.
Manrique rushes away to stop her.

Act 3
De Luna's army besiege the fortress where Manrique and Leonore have hidden. Azucena, who has been captured nearby, is recognised as the murderer of De Luna's brother. When Azucena cries out to Manrique, De Luna orders his men to burn Azucena in sight of her son. Manrique prepares to launch a desperate attack to rescue her.

Act 4
Verdi provides a harrowing ending. Leonore dies after Manrique refuses to have his freedom bought by her marriage to De Luna. As Manrique is led away and executed, Azucena reveals the terrible truth: De Luna has killed his own brother.

MAIN ROLES

Manrique ,the troubadour, and a leader of the army of the Prince of Urgel, tenor
Count de Luna, a nobleman of the Prince of Aragon, enemy of Manrique, baritone
Azucena ,a gypsy, who has raised Manrique as her son, mezzo-soprano
Leonore ,a beautiful noblewoman, in love with Manrique, but desired by De Luna, soprano
Ines, Leonore's confidante,soprano

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