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Work: Il trovatore

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ComposerVerdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)
PeriodRomantic
LibrettistSalvatore Cammarano
Year1853
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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LeipzigIl trovatoreNew production

Il trovatore
Verdi: Il trovatore
Antonino Fogliani; Jakob Peters-Messer; Oper Leipzig; Christoph Gedschold; Markus Meyer; Sven Bindseil; Dario Solari

ParisLe Trouvère

Verdi: Il trovatore
Nicola Luisotti; Àlex Ollé; Opéra national de Paris; Alfons Flores; Lluc Castells; Luca Salsi; Artur Ruciński
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Il trovatore proves a masterpiece even without staging

Vincenzo Milletarì © Tabocchini Zanconi
In a reduced concert performance of Il trovatore the drama unfolds with the force of music alone.
***11
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In Turin's Trovatore, the women carry the day

Anna Maria Chiuri (Azucena) © Edoardo Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Female voices dominate in the vocal cast: Rachel Willis-Sørensen debuts as Leonora and charms the audience; Anna Maria Chiuri has the temperament and rich vocality requested by the role of the gypsy.
***11
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Wilson's lunar Trouvère the antithesis of grand opéra

Nino Surguladze (Azucena) © Lucie Jansch
When they asked Wilson to stage an opera by Verdi, the Texan director replied "I'll never do it!". Now he is at his fourth Verdi's production.
***11
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Rachvelishvili triumphs as Azucena in Berlin

Angela Meade (Leonora) and Annika Schlicht (Ines) © Bettina Stöß
In a dated production by Hans Neuenfels, conductor Giacomo Sagripanti leads a musically successful Trovatore, where Angela Meade and Anita Rachvelishvili show their vocal brilliance.
****1
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Exquisite musicianship in Met's revival of Il trovatore

Anita Rachvelishvili (Azucena) and Yonghoon Lee (Manrico) © Karen Almond | Metropolitan Opera
Towering above all the other meritorious singers in this performance, was the phenomenal Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili 
****1
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