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Il Trovatore (2 CD)

Item# 886979100626

Il Trovatore (2 CD)

This complete live recording is taken from the Met's historic Saturday afternoon radio performances and is newly remastered from the original February 4, 1961, broadcast. This brand new multi-disc set represents its first official release on CD.

A week after the Met audience cheered their joint house debuts, Leontyne Price and Franco Corelli repeated the triumph of their Il Trovatore performance for this broadcast with a cast that also featured baritone Mario Sereni, mezzo-soprano Irene Dalis, and in the brief role of Ines,  the young Teresa Stratas. Fausto Cleva, one of the 'most admired Italian specialists, conducts the company's orchestra and chorus.

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Release Date: 8/16/11
Conductor: Fausto Cleva

Leontyne Price
Franco Corelli
Mario Sereni
Irene Dalis
Teresa Stratas

Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Label: Sony Masterworks

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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