Il Trovatore

Giuseppe Verdi

Il Trovatore

Upcoming Performances

Friday

Oct 30 at 8 PM

Wednesday

Nov 4 at 8 PM

Saturday

Nov 7 at 1 PM

Tuesday

Nov 10 at 8 PM

Saturday

Nov 14 at 8 PM

Wednesday

Nov 18 at 8 PM

Saturday

Nov 21 at 8 PM

Friday

May 14 at 8 PM

Tuesday

May 18 at 8 PM

Saturday

May 22 at 8 PM

Wednesday

May 26 at 7:30 PM

Saturday

May 29 at 1 PM

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Overview

Two remarkable casts share in Verdi’s supreme showcase of Italianate singing. Sopranos Sonya Yoncheva and Krassimira Stoyanova sing the role of the passionate young noblewoman Leonora, with tenors Roberto Aronica and Russell Thomas as the outlaw Manrico and baritones Quinn Kelsey and Ludovic Tézier as the menacing Count di Luna. The mysterious and vengeful Gypsy Azucena is performed by two extraordinary mezzo-sopranos—Ekaterina Semenchuk and, in a reprise of her astounding 2018 turn, the fabulous Anita Rachvelishvili. Michele Mariotti conducts Sir David McVicar’s action-packed production.

Co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and San Francisco Opera Association

Production a gift of The Annenberg Foundation

Revival a gift of Rolex

Languages

Languages sung in Il Trovatore

Sung In

Italian

Titles

Title languages displayed for Il Trovatore

Met Titles In

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian

Timeline

Timeline for the show, Il Trovatore

Estimated Run Time

2 hrs 47 mins

  • House Opens

  • Acts I & II

    69 mins

  • Intermission

    32 mins

  • Acts III & IV

    66 mins

  • Opera Ends

Simon Boccanegra

World premiere: Teatro Apollo, Rome, 1853. Met premiere: October 26, 1883. Verdi’s turbulent tragedy of four characters caught in a web of family ties, politics, and love is a mainstay of the operatic repertory. The score is as melodic as it is energetic, with infectious tunes that are not easily forgotten. The vigorous music accompanies a dark and disturbing tale that revels in many of the most extreme expressions of Romanticism, including violent shifts in tone, unlikely coincidences, and characters who are impelled by raw emotion rather than cool logic.

Creators

In a remarkable career spanning six decades in the theater, Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901) composed 28 operas, at least half of which are at the core of today’s repertoire. Salvadore Cammarano (1801–1852) was one of the foremost librettists of his day. He collaborated with Donizetti (Lucia di Lammermoor, among others) and wrote the text for La Battaglia di Legnano and Luisa Miller for Verdi. After his death, the Trovatore libretto was completed by fellow writer Leone Emanuele Bardare (1820–after 1874).

PRODUCTION

Sir David McVicar

SET DESIGNER

Charles Edwards

COSTUME DESIGNER

Brigitte Reiffenstuel

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Jennifer Tipton

CHOREOGRAPHER

Leah Hausman

Headshot of Giuseppe Verdi

Composer

Giuseppe Verdi

Setting

Simon Boccanegra

The opera is originally set in northern Spain in the early 15th century, during a time of prolonged civil war. Audiences of the Romantic era understood civil war as a sort of societal schizophrenia, in which individuals could be easily torn apart, both physically and psychologically, by shifting fortunes and conflicted loyalties. The Met’s production places the action during the Peninsular War (1808–1814), when Spain and its allies were fighting the forces of Napoleon.

Music

Verdi’s score for Il Trovatore perfectly expresses the extreme nature of the drama at hand. Throughout the opera, the use of melody is as uninhibited as the emotions of the protagonists. But that melody often appears to be as disturbed as the situations it portrays: Much of the score is written in uneven meters (such as 3/4 or 6/8), and even those segments that are set in common 4/4 time have vigorous counter-rhythms fighting against any sense of symmetry. Beyond the rhythmic irregularities, another feature of the score is the heavy use of minor keys in almost all of the main arias.

Simon Boccanegra