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The second Verdi title of the 2018/ 19 season is one of the most popular in all opera repertory: Il trovatore. In a new production of the Teatro Real, Maurizio Benini conducts two casts of renowned Verdi stars: Ludovic Tézier, Maria Agresta, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Francesco Meli and Roberto Tagliavini, among many others. The complicated story, based on the play by Antonio García Gutiérrez, is told here in a big production by Francisco Negrín, where he highlights the dramatic and enormous tension in this Verdi masterpiece.

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Dramma in four parts

Music by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano, based upon the play El trovador (1836) by Antonio García Gutiérrez
Premiered at the Teatro Apollo de Roma on 19 January 1853
Premiered at the Teatro Real on 16 February 1854
New production by the Teatro Real, in co-production with the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and the Royal Danish Opera of Copenhagen

Principal Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real
(Coro Intermezzo / Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)

Starting Point

From the impenetrable – and often delirious plot of Il trovatore, the aspect that without a shadow of a doubt most attracted Giuseppe Verdi was the profound vital contradiction in which Azucena finds herself immersed, as filled with love for her son as full of hate for her mother. At all cost, the musician looked for a way to reveal the overflowing passions of this woman, and as such he defended it to his librettist, reaching the extreme of suggesting that they abandon the story if he was not convinced (as an alternative, he proposed focusing on a section of the plot which would end in an ‘illumination’ as in La Traviata). It was not necessary. The opera was developed over three years of frenetic musical activity and serious personal problems, but Verdi achieved what he was looking for. With an almost rampant termperament and an overpowering impetus, Il trovatore overflows with dramatic tension and musical geniality, resulting in a story of love and revenge which increases in intensity throughout, irrepressible, leading to the final catastrophe. From the very moment of its première, the opera increased in popularity, and now over a century and a half later, it continues to be a resounding height of opera repertory.

Production Team & Cast

  • Musical director: Maurizio Benini
  • Stage director: Francisco Negrín
  • Set and costume designer: Louis Désiré
  • Lighting designer: Bruno Poet
  • Chorus Master: Andrés Máspero
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  • Count di Luna: Ludovic Tézier (Jul. 3, 6, 9, 13, 18, 24)
    Artur Rucinski (Jul. 4, 8, 19, 23, 25)
    Dimitri Platanias (Jul. 12, 16, 21)
  • Leonora: Maria Agresta (Jul. 3, 6, 9, 13, 18)
    Hibla Gerzmava (Jul. 4, 8, 19, 23, 25)
    Lianna Haroutounian (Jul. 12, 16, 21, 24)
  • Azucena: Ekaterina Semenchuk (Jul. 3, 6, 9, 13, 18, 21, 24)
    Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Jul. 4, 8, 12, 16, 19)
    Marina Prudenskaya (Jul. 23, 25)
  • Manrico: Francesco Meli (Jul. 3, 6, 9, 13, 18, 21, 24)
    Piero Pretti (Jul. 4, 8, 12, 16, 19, 23, 25)
  • Ferrando: Roberto Tagliavini
  • Ines: Cassandre Berthon
  • Ruiz: Fabián Lara
  • A messenger: Moisés Marín

Performance Dates

  • 3 JUL (W) 20:00h
    Turn Première
  • 4 JUL (T) 20:00h
    Turn A
  • 6 JUL (S) 20:00h
    Turn V
  • 8 JUL (M) 20:00h
    Turn Z
  • 9 JUL (T) 20:00h
    Turn Y
  • 12 JUL (F) 20:00h
    Turn W
  • 13 JUL (S) 20:00h
    Turn G
  • 16 JUL (T) 20:00h
    Turn X
  • 18 JUL (T) 20:00h
    Turn D
  • 19 JUL (F) 20:00h
    Turn B
  • 21 JUL (S) 20:00h
    Turn F
  • 23 JUL (T) 20:00h
    Abono Selección I
  • 24 JUL (W) 20:00h
    Turn H
  • 25 JUL (T) 20:00h
    Turn C
  • Place: Main Auditorium