Il Trovatore – Met Opera (Blu-ray)
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Artists: Marcelo Álvarez, Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Production: David McVicar
Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Running Time: 143 minutes
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish
Region: Region A/1
Available on Blu-ray, the Met’s Il Trovatore features four extraordinary singers in one of Verdi's most popular operas. Extras include: Backstage at the Met with Sondra Radvanovsky, Marcelo Álvarez and others.
Opera News expresses acclaim for this Il Trovatore:
"Álvarez made a stalwart, passionate, masculine figure ... Radvanovsky has all the technical devices necessary for Leonora, and she is, moreover, a passionate actress ... Hvorostovsky sang with superb, flawless line, total control and long, flowing high notes ... Zajick held down Azucena powerfully, lacking nothing obvious of the mad gypsy's force of character ... The opera's end I have never seen staged or acted more convincingly."
Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore
One of the most enduringly popular operas in the repertoire, Il Trovatore was first seen at Rome’s Teatro Apollo in 1853. Together with Rigoletto and La Traviata, it forms the “trilogy” of works that premiered in rapid succession over a period of just two years and firmly established Verdi as the leading opera composer of his time. The challenges of Il Trovatore’s leading roles famously led Enrico Caruso to remark that all you needed to stage it were the “four best singers in the world.”
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