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Il Trovatore - Royal Opera House

by SabSagall
Issue No. 2148

Il Trovatore, one of Giuseppe Verdi’s best-loved operas, was composed in 1853 in the aftermath of the defeat of the 1848 European revolutions.

It is set during the 15th century civil war in the Spanish kingdom of Aragon. It has a complicated plot, with its four main characters enmeshed in a tragic network of love, hatred, jealousy and revenge.

This revived production is superbly staged and designed. The singing is strong and emotionally compelling, with outstanding performances from all the main cast.

They, and the orchestra, bring out the rich vein of melody that distinguishes one of Verdi’s most beautiful operas.

Il Trovatore
Directed by Elijah Moshinsky
Royal Opera House, London, until 7 May

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Tue 21 Apr 2009, 18:29 BST
Issue No. 2148
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