14 July 2016 at 5.01pm | 18 Comments
Giuseppe Verdi's fiery opera Il trovatore was live-streamed via the Royal Opera House YouTube channel on this page from 6.45pm BST on 14 July 2016, and was available for a further 30 days. The video has now expired, but you can still see extracts from the performance: watch the Anvil Chorus and Manrico’s aria 'Di quella pira'.
Despite its troubled genesis, Il trovatore is among Verdi's most highly regarded operas and features a dramatic narrative, reflective arias, impassioned duets and fiery choruses. It is famous for its 'gypsy' music, in particular the instantly-recognizable Anvil Chorus.
The score's other highlights include 'Tace la notte', which shows Verdi's prowess not only in creating big tunes, but also psychologically rich music which drives the drama through expression of complex characterization.
David Bösch's new Royal Opera production was much discussed by audiences after its premiere on 2 July 2016. His staging reflects on the piece's themes of jealousy, revenge and love by setting the action in a hauntingly beautiful, wintry landscape that has been riven by war. Read audience reactions to the production.
The new staging featured an exciting cast that included Lianna Haroutounian as Leonora, Italian tenor Francesco Meli as Manrico, Serbian baritone Željko Lučić as Count di Luna and Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk as Azucena. Acclaimed conductor Gianandrea Noseda conducted the piece that he describes as 'the kind of music that arrives directly to your heart'.
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Il trovatore runs 1 December 2016-8 February 2017.
Tickets go on sale to Friends of Covent Garden on 21 September 2016. General booking opens on 18 October 2016.