Southern Opera presents
30 September 2008–9 October 2008
A deadly obsession
An opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Leone Emanuele Bardare & Salvatore Cammarano
Based on the play El Trovador by Antonio Garcia Gutiérrez
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
Spectacular Singing, Extraordinary Music, Compelling Drama
In spite of its complex and improbable plot, Verdi's Il trovatore cannot be faulted for its exceptionally beautiful music. Incredible tales of gypsies, love triangles, unrelenting revenge and burning babies are transcended by the soaring score and haunting melodies: the music triumphs over all.
The second of Verdi's 'Big Three', La traviata, Il trovatore and Rigoletto, it displays a composer realising his amazing potential in a dark opera of hallucination and death.
Speaking of Il trovatore, legendary tenor Enrico Caruso once said that "All you need is the four best singers in the world." With an internationally acclaimed cast fulfilling this requirement accompanied by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and all under the baton of Tom Woods, you are sure to be moved by this tortured tale of vengeance.
Conductor: Tom Woods
Director: Elric Hooper
Azucena: Elena Bocharova
Leonora: Patricia Wright
Manrico: Carlo Scibelli
Il Conte di Luna: Seung-Wook Seong