Il Trovatore
June 18 & 20, 2015 • 7:30 p.m.
Music Hall

Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano


OVERVIEW || CAST & CREATIVE TEAM || SYNOPSIS || LISTEN || GALLERY

 

Under the gleaming moon, a voice rises to Leonora’s balcony, offering words of love.

A troubadour has set her heart aflame, and she swears fidelity to him till the end. But all around them, a civil war rages, a jealous suitor is on their trail, and a Gypsy woman’s curse casts a menacing shadow. When forces close in, Leonora faces the ultimate sacrifice to secure her beloved’s freedom.

THE OPERA
From its thunderous overture to its tragic end, Verdi’s 1853 masterpiece Il Trovatore (“the troubadour”) thrills with exhilarating music–including the stirring “Anvil Chorus”–and a tale of star-crossed love and bloody vengeance.

Our production stars an outstanding cast, including soprano Julianna Di Giacomo as Leonora, a role in which she triumphed at the Metropolitan Opera. Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, called “a fresh wonder of the opera world” by The New Yorker‘s Alex Ross, sings Azucena after recent starring appearances at the Met and Lyric Opera of Chicago. The “strong, clarion-voiced” (The New York Times) tenor Russell Thomas sings Leonora’s impassioned lover, Manrico, and Stephen Powell brings his “rich, lyric baritone, commanding presence, and thoughtful musicianship” (Wall Street Journal) to the role of Count di Luna.

 

Julianna
Di Giacomo

Leonora
Jamie Barton
Azucena
Russell Thomas
Manrico
Stephen Powell
Count di Luna
Morris Robinson
Ferrando

RUNNING TIME
An opera in 4 acts
The performance will last approximately 3 hours, including 1 intermission.

OPERA INSIGHTS
Chris Milligan, Cincinnati Opera’s Managing Director, gives a preview of Il Trovatore before the performance on Saturday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. in Music Hall’s Ballroom. Admission is FREE to all ticket-holders.

VIEW PRODUCTION PHOTOS

Photos: Philip Groshong

Photos: Philip Groshong

 

LISTEN TO AN AUDIO CLIP
Il Trovatore, “Anvil Chorus”
Courtesy Decca Records

SEASON PREVIEW

IN THE NEWS
6.17.15 CityBeat: Summer Opera Preview
6.15.15 WCPO: Cincinnati Opera’s 95th season features a world premiere, and tales of drama, love and Hollywood
6.14.15 Cincinnati Enquirer: Jamie Barton takes on gypsy in Cincinnati Opera’s Il Trovatore
6.14.15 Cincinnati Enquirer: Great voices, drama, comedy this opera season

REVIEWS
“Cincinnati Opera assembled a cast of magnificent voices…” –Cincinnati Enquirer
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“The four principal roles were beautifully sung…” -Music In Cincinnati
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“Stagecraft, well-devised scenes, and above all, great voices made this a triumph.” –Oakwood Register
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