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Il Trovatore at Seattle Center, Washington

A Still from Il Trovatore
(Courtesy:Seattle Center, Washington)

Tragedy and Passion intersect in Verdi’s hotblooded melodrama. Get set to experience the thrills and chills of this outstanding operatic melodrama at Seattle Opera's latest production of Verdi's Il Trovatore. Regarded as an absolute rollercoaster ride of heightened emotions, jealousy, lust and revenge, the production also depicts some of Verdi's most masterful and memorable solo moments. The grand epic is brought to life by splendid costumes, resplendent set pieces and an ensemble cast of 75 performers that includes American soprano Leah Crocetto and the critically acclaimed tenor Issachah Savage.

Verdi's larger than life score evokes the war strife landscape of Spain during the 1500s. The civil war is at the brink and amidst the shifting fortunes and conflicted loyalties, an old gypsy woman is blamed of bewitching Count di Luna’s youngest child; the woman is burnt to death when the child falls ill.

Unknown to the count, the crone has called upon the woman’s daughter Azuecena to avenge her mother’s death. The seeds of a gargantuan tragedy are sown which later grows and entangles Manrico and Leonora , the young lovers with the fate of the revengeful Count di Luna and Azucena.

Verdi's riveting opera Il Trovatore has something for the eyes, ears and emotions. With the backdrop of the epic, there is the rambunctious Anvil Chorus , a heart-pounding Miserere, and one of the most thrilling tenor arias 'Di quella pira'.

Pronounced il trovaˈtoːre in Italian for "The Troubadour,"  the opera is in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto largely written by Salvadore Cammarano, based on the 1836 play El trovador by Antonio Garcia Gutierrez. It went on to become Gutierrez's most successful play, something which Verdi scholar Julian Budden describes as a high flown, sprawling melodrama stylishly defiant of the Aristotelian unities, packed with all kinds of fantastic and bizarre incidents.

The opera first premiered in 1853 at the Teatro Apollo in Rome, where it began its victorious march throughout the operatic world. The opera’s success is attributed to Verdi's hard work over the previous three years. It began in 1850 when Verdi approached Cammarano with the idea of Il Trovatore. Thus slowly and with interruptions began the preparation of the libretto, first by Cammarano until his death in mid-1852 and then with Leone Emanuele Bardare, the young librettist which gave the composer the chance to propose significant revisions, that were completed under his direction. These revisions are seen mostly in the expansion of Leonora’s role.

The opera opens on January 12, 2018 and runs through January 26, 2019 at Seattle Center, 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

For details, visit https://www.seattle-theatre.com

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the opera.

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