• Il Trovatore Educator Guide

What to Expect from Il Trovatore

Il Trovatore has it all — a brave hero, a selfless heroine, a sinister villain, skeletons in the family closet, and four acts brimming with gloriously passionate music. It’s true that the story has been called absurd and impossibly confusing. It is the one work most often sent up whenever people are trying to make fun of opera. But Verdi’s score also contains some of the best-loved arias ever written.

  • Classroom Activity

    A full-length activity, designed to support your ongoing curriculum.

  • Musical Highlights

    Three "Musical Highlights" designed to focus on bits of music from Il Trovatore to cultivate familiarity with the work.

  • Performance Activities

    Performance Activities for students to enjoy during the Metropolitan Opera HD transmission.

  • A post-transmission activity, integrating the Live in HD experience into students' wider views of the performing arts and humanities.

Il Trovatore at the Met

Il Trovatore is an opera of extremes. It plunges listeners into a world turned upside down by jealousy and rage, love and war. Concerns about a confusing plot crumble in the face of David McVicar’s acclaimed Metropolitan Opera production, a staging that the New York Times called “clear-headed, psychologically insightful and fluid.” The extraordinary cast of the production’s 2009 premiere run reunites for this Live in HD presentation: Marcelo Álvarez stars in the title role of the troubadour Manrico, opposite Sondra Radvanovsky as his beloved Leonora. Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings the evil Count di Luna, and Dolora Zajick is the mysterious Azucena. The Met’s Music Director James Levine is on the podium.

This guide is designed to support students’ appreciation of Il Trovatore—to familiarize them with its subject and music, and to direct them toward the subtleties of a work that embodies the genre of opera like few others. The activities offer a detailed look both at Il Trovatore itself and at the artistic choices shaping this Metropolitan Opera Live in HD production.