A wonderful new production of Verdi's dramatic opera, Il Trovatore; full of soaring music, melody and passion which will keep you enthralled from beginning to end.
Featuring Pablo Beach, Vasile Chisiu and Tsvetana Bandalovska
An unseen troubadour has been heard serenading Leonora and the jealous count is determined to capture and punish him. To keep his troops awake, the captain, Ferrando, recounts the terrible story of a Gypsy woman who was burned at the stake years ago for bewitching the count's infant brother.
Verdi was at the height of his powers when writing Il Trovatore with its magnificent arias and choral scenes, but it is probably best known for its ‘gypsy’ music – the Anvil Chorus, Azucena’s ‘Stride la vampa’ and Manrico’s heroic ‘Di quella pira’. It is a tale of tragedy, doomed love, brave men and passionate women, swordfights, and last-minute rescue attempts. The ultimate romantic opera which was also the world’s most popular in its day. Even in the climactic scene of their 1935 movie, “A
night at the opera” the Marx brothers run wild through a hilarious take on an opening night performance of this work in New York.
Click play to hear "Miserere d'n'alma"
Friday 22nd June at 6pm
Sunday 24th June at 3pm
Tuesday 26th June at 6pm
Thursday 28th June at 6pm
Saturday 30th June at 5pm
Sunday 1st July at 3pm
For all of the evening performances there will be an 85 minute supper interval, while the interval for the 3.00 pm Sunday matinees will be 30 minutes. However, for those who would like to picnic before the opera, the gardens will be open from noon on Sundays.
COUNT DI LUNA
Siv Iren Misund
“There was an energy in Oliver Gilmour’s conducting from the outset. After a superlative start ...one was constantly struck by the quality and preparedness of his ensemble"
Daily Classical Music
"Carmen Jakobi directed, an imaginative and lively interpretation that was skilfully realised…As Giovanni finally descended to hell through the stage, bathed in smoke and red light, the spine was suitably tingled ...Oliver Gilmour's conducting...articulated the drama superbly".