Verdi: Il Trovatore (CD) – Franco Corelli, Robert Merrill

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Verdi: Il Trovatore (CD) – Franco Corelli, Robert Merrill

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Artists: Franco Corelli, Gabriella Tucci, Robert Merrill, Giulietta Simionato, Ferruccio Mazzoli, Luciana Moneta, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell`Opera di Roma
Conductor: Thomas Schippers
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Urania Records
CD Release Date: January 19, 2018

Giuseppe Verdi’s four-act opera Il trovatore (The Troubadour) is one of his most successful operas. It premiered at the Teatro Apollo in Rome in January 1853, where it began a victorious march throughout the operatic world. Today, Il trovatore is performed in its Italian version frequently and all over the world. The performance captured on this new release took place in the Summer of 1964 and features the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma conducted by Thomas Schippers. The cast of soloists is impressive, and includes Gabriella Tucci as Leonora, Franco Corelli as Manrico, and Robert Merrill as Il Conte di Luna. This production has been rarely recorded but is a worthy addition for any Verdi lover.

 

History

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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