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Il trovatore

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Deutsche OperBismarckstraße 35, Berlin, Germany
February 11 18:00, February 15 19:30, May 09 19:30, May 12 19:30
Performers
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Giacomo SagripantiConductor
Hans NeuenfelsDirector
Reinhard von der ThannenSet Designer, Costume Designer
George PeteanBaritoneIl conte di LunaFeb 11, 15
Simone PiazzolaBaritoneIl conte di LunaMay 09, 12
Maria AgrestaSopranoLeonoraFeb 11, 15
Angela MeadeSopranoLeonoraMay 09, 12
Judit KutasiMezzo-sopranoAzucenaFeb 11, 15
Anita RachvelishviliMezzo-sopranoAzucenaMay 09, 12
Murat KarahanTenorManrico
Ievgen OrlovBassFerrandoFeb 11, 15
Marko MimicaBassFerrandoMay 09, 12
Annika SchlichtMezzo-sopranoInesFeb 11, 15
Alexandra IonisMezzo-sopranoInesMay 09, 12
Burkhard UlrichTenorRuiz
Hong-Kyun OhBassAn old gipsy
Sungjin KownTenorA messenger
Berlin Deutsche Opera Orchestra
Berlin Deutsche Opera Chorus
Ballet of Deutsche Oper Berlin

Il trovatore is one of Verdi’s best loved and most performed operas. The world premiere of the work, which sets the tender yet heroic love story between Leonora and her troubadour Manrico against the bleak backdrop of 15th-century Spain, was a personal triumph for the composer and marked the end of his “spell in the galleys”. The opulent melodies, the meridional colours of the music and the intimacy of the arias, particularly Leonora’s, achieve a depth that far exceeds that inherent in the bel canto sound.

Verdi wrote to his librettist Salvadore Cammarano thus: “If I get offered poetry that can be set to music, as far as I’m concerned it can be in any form and have any structure. In fact the more novel and idiosyncratic the form and the structure are, the happier I am.” And he added a statement that was to influence the direction that opera was to take: “If the whole opera [I’m almost inclined to say] were made up of a single number, I’d think it was more reasonable and proper.” His Trovatore is a first step on the road from ballad opera to the musical theatre of the 20th century.

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