Opera en four acts by Giuseppe Verdi with a libretto by Salvatore Cammarano and Leone Emanuele Bardare, based on the drama of the same name by the Spanish playwright Antonio García Gutiérrez
Sung in Italian, with subtitles in Spanish
Recorded at Arena di Verona, 2019

Production Arena Opera Festival

Luca Salsi  Count di Luna      
Anna Netrebko  Leonora                
Dolora Zajick  Azucena               
Yusif Eyvazov  Manrico                
Riccardo Fassi  Ferrando              
Elisabetta Zizzo  Ines                       
Carlo Bosi  Ruiz                       
Dario Giorgelè  An old gypsy         
Antonello Ceron  A messenger      

Arena di Verona Orchestra, choir and corps de ballet

Conductor Pier Giorgio Morandi
Stage director Franco Zeffirelli

2.45 h (w/intermission)

In her debut at the Verona Arena, the world’s largest open air opera theatre, Anna Netrebko leads a marvellous cast  in this production of Verdi’s masterpiece Il trovatore, conducted by Franco Zeffirelli and recorded live at the 97th edition of the Festival dell'Arena di Verona.
Together with Rigoletto and La traviata, Il trovatore forms part of what is commonly known as Verdi’s "popular trilogy". The composer’s favourite themes of destiny and desire are strung together by means of the story of star crossed lovers, Leonora (Netrebko) and Manrico (Yusif Eyvavoz), whose fate is intertwined with that of the Conde di Luna (Luca Salsi) and the gypsy Azucena (played by the legendary American mezzosoprano Dolora Zajick).

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