Verdi: Il Trovatore (Blu-Ray) – Anna Netrebko

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Verdi: Il Trovatore (Blu-Ray) – Anna Netrebko

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Artists: Anna Netrebko, Yusif Eyvazov, Luca Salsi, Dolora Zajick, Riccardo Fassi, Orchestra, Chorus & Ballet of the Arena di Verona
Conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Format: NTSC
Language: Italian
Subtitles: Italian, German, English, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: C Major
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2020
Run Time: 157 minutes

It’s an event that draws many thousands of music lovers to one of the most beautiful cities in the world every summer: the opera season at the ancient Arena di Verona. The 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheater with its gigantic stage dimensions is one of the largest and best-preserved Roman constructions of its kind, and with over 22,000 seats, it is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular open-air venues of the world.

The revered master of opera Franco Zeffirelli, who died shortly before the premiere of this staging of Il Trovatore, created a legendary scenery with groups of giant-sized armored knights, a fortress turning into a luminous cathedral, an enormous choir, horses, breathtaking fights: perhaps his best Arena production (Opernglas). Anna Netrebko gives her much-anticipated Arena debut as Leonora, and next to her are Verdi-accomplished baritone Luca Salsi as Count di Luna and Yusif Eyvazov as his powerful-voiced opponent Manrico. MET star Dolora Zajick as Azucena and young rising Italian bass Riccardo Fassi as Ferrando join the prestigious ensemble.

“Zeffirelli gives to the Arena what it merits: a colorful, multifaceted staging in which impressive mass scenes alternate with intimate moments.” (Der Neue Merker)

“Unforgettable” (Verona Settegiorni)

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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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