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Verdi Il Trovatore

From 06 February TO 29 February 2020
Teatro alla Scala - Milano
Program

Verdi : Il Trovatore

2 h 45 Sung in : Italian
Cast
  • Conductor
    Nicola Luisotti
  • Director
    Alvis Hermanis
  • Performers
    Manrico: Francesco Meli
    Leonora: Liudmyla Monastyrska
    Il Conte di Luna: Massimo Cavalletti
    Azucena: Violeta Urmana
    Ferrando: Gianluca Buratto
    Ferrando: Riccardo Fassi
  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Teatro alla Scala - Milano Location Via Filodrammatici, 2 - 20121 Milano Italie

  • Venue's Capacity: 2000

The Venue's History in few words …

https://www.music-opera.com/en/5458-jonas-kaufmannAfter fire destroyed the Royal Ducal Theatre, Milanese aristocrates took no more than twelve days to design a new theatre and send their plans to the Empress Maria Theresa. Two years later, in 1778, the new opera house was inaugurated, on the site of the Santa Maria alia Scala Church. The Teatro alia Scala wasted no time in becoming one of the best: all of Europe came to admire the flamboyant costumes, the impressive chorus, and the singers, famous for their dramatic finesse. The audience was a show in itself: people visited in their respective boxes, exchanged the latest news, dined, and played cards... A tradition that is now lost to the ages, while the Scala's public nonetheless still knows how to make itself heard if it completely disagrees with a trill, or when it enthusiastically applauds a prima donna.

 

During the nineteenth century, competition from the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, which then attracted the peninsula's best voices, obliged the Milanese opera house to undergo renovation, which it did with panache! Rossini's, Bellini's, and Verdi's names were henceforth linked to that of the illustrious house, and the history of Italian music was written within its walls. Works such as NORMA, NABUCCO, II TURCO IN ITALIA, and FALSTAFF were premiered here, while singers such as Isabella Colbran and Maria Malibran triumphed on its stage.

 

The end of Verdi's reign ushered in the beginning of Toscanini's. Despite his famous temper tantrums, the Italian conductor formed an orchestra and a permanent company which imposed new standards of quality the world over. Those were the days that one could sing at the MET only under the condition of having been previously consecrated on the Scala's stage...

 

The Scala was destroyed in 1943. Rapidly reconstructed along the original plans, the house has never lost its soul, thanks to artists such as Giulini, Kaum war die Herrschaft Verdis zuende, Callas, Karajan, and Tebaldi, who all once trembled at the idea of appearing in the light shed over the stage by the hall's huge Murano crystal chandelier.

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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
Fernand, captain to De Luna,bass
Ines, Leonore's confidante,soprano

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