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Il trovatore

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Jan. 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 25, & 26, 2019

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Overview

By Giuseppe Verdi

Packed with more hit songs than any opera but Carmen, Verdi’s hot-blooded melodrama thrills with swift action, intense pathos, and multiple moments where singers shine. During a time of civil war, a mother’s love clashes with a dark secret from her past as two rival soldiers feud for the favor of a noblewoman with a secret of her own. The abundance of masterful music had audiences shouting “Viva Verdi!” after its premiere. Our grand presentation of Verdi’s masterpiece fills McCaw Hall with more than 75 cast members, imposing sets and elaborate period costumes for an unforgettable night at the opera.

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In Italian with English Subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Performance Time: 2 hours and 55 minutes including 1 intermission.

 

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Synopsis

Part One: The Duel
Ferrando, on guard duty late one night in a Spanish palace, keeps his soldiers awake by telling them the spooky story of the two sons of the former Count di Luna (father of the current Count). One morning long ago an old gypsy hag was discovered casting a spell on the Count’s younger boy, still an infant; he took sick, so the witch was burned at the stake. But in revenge, the witch’s daughter kidnapped the Count’s baby, and the charred remains of a child were discovered where the witch had been executed. The old Count didn’t believe his son had been killed, and on his deathbed he made his surviving son swear an oath that he would never give up the search for his younger brother. Ferrando insists that, even after all these years, he would still recognize the witch’s daughter.

In the palace gardens, Leonora, a lady-in-waiting to the princess, tells her friend Inez about a knight who has been serenading her. Leonora professes her love for the mysterious troubadour.

Count di Luna, who loves Leonora, approaches her balcony; but at that moment the troubadour is heard approaching, serenading his beloved. Leonora rushes out and greets the Count, mistaking him for the troubadour. The mysterious troubadour finally reveals his identity: he is Manrico, leader of the rebel army. The rivals challenge each other to a duel.

Part Two: The Gypsy Woman
Dawn rises on a gypsy camp in the mountains; the gypsies begin their day, singing the Anvil Chorus. Azucena, an old gypsy woman, sings “Stride la vampa,” a haunting description of a woman being burnt at the stake. The gypsies leave alone her with Manrico, who is in the gypsy camp recovering from his wounds; Azucena, his mother, discovered him left for dead on a battlefield and has been nursing him back to health. He asks her why she always sings “Stride la vampa.” Her mother, she explains, was burnt to death by the soldiers of Count di Luna; Azucena watched her mother die in agony and heard her scream, “Avenge me!” Azucena then abducted Count di Luna’s infant son, García, intending for him the same horrible fate her mother had suffered. Carrying her own young son as well, she brought García to the still-burning stake, but as she was placing him in the flames, she hesitated, moved to pity by the boy’s cries. But the sound of her mother’s screams echoed in her mind, and in her confusion and anguish she grabbed hold of the child and blindly pushed him into the flames. When she recovered her senses, she discovered that she had mistakenly killed her own son.

Manrico is puzzled: then who is he? Azucena insists that he is her son. She begs Manrico to avenge his grandmother by killing the younger Count di Luna, and asks why he failed to kill his rival when they fought a duel. Manrico explains that at the fatal moment, a mysterious power stayed his hand.

A messenger brings Manrico the news that his beloved Leonora, believing him dead, is going to enter a convent. Despite Azucena’s entreaties, he rushes off to find Leonora.

Overcome with passion for Leonora, Count di Luna determines to abduct her before she enters the convent. Just as he’s about to do so, Manrico arrives and takes Leonora off with him instead.

Part Three: The Gypsy Woman’s Son
Di Luna intends to attack the fortress where Manrico has taken Leonora. Soldiers bring in Azucena, who has been apprehended, wandering nearby searching for her son. Ferrando recognizes her as the killer of the Count’s baby brother. “Manrico, my son, save your unhappy mother!” Azucena blurts out, and Count di Luna is delighted to discover he can simultaneously avenge his brother and hurt his rival by tormenting this prisoner.

Leonora and Manrico are about to be married when news arrives of Azucena’s plight. Manrico gathers his army and rushes off to save his mother.

Part Four: The Torture
Manrico and Azucena await execution in di Luna’s prison. Leonora approaches, determined to save Manrico. She promises herself to di Luna in exchange for Manrico’s freedom. Di Luna agrees to the bargain. While his back is turned, he fails to see Leonora swallow a deadly poison concealed in her ring.

In their prison cell, Manrico tries to comfort Azucena, whose hallucinations and terror are getting worse. Leonora enters and tells him he is free to go—but she must stay. Guessing at the bargain she has struck with di Luna, the outraged Manrico delays, and Leonora dies in his arms. Count di Luna immediately orders Manrico’s execution and forces Azucena to watch. She tells him he has killed his own brother. Azucena’s mother is finally avenged.

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Cast

Leah Crocetto

Leonora

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Leonora, Il trovatore

Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
Seattle Opera Debut: Aida, Aida ('18)
Recently: Elisabetta, Don Carlo (Washington National Opera); Leonora, Il trovatore (Oper Frankfurt); Liù, Turandot (San Francisco Opera)
Upcoming: Leonora, Il trovatore (Seattle Opera)

Last updated: June 2018

Leah Crocetto

Leonora

Jan. 12, 16, 20, & 25

Angela Meade

Leonora

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Leonora, Il trovatore

Hometown: Centralia, WA
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Alcina, Alcina (Washington National Opera); Norma, Norma (Metropolitan Opera); Imogene, The Pirate (Bel Canto at Caramoor)
Upcoming: Semiramide, Semiramide (Metropolitan Opera); Giselda, I lombardi (Teatro Regio di Torino); Adriana Lecouvreur, Adriana Lecouvreur (Oper Frankfurt)

Last updated: December 2017

Angela Meade

Leonora

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 13, 19, 23, & 26

Issachah Savage

Manrico

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Manrico, Il trovatore

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
First Prize winner of Seattle Opera’s 2014 International Wagner Competition
Seattle Opera Debut: Tenor/Bacchus, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15)
Recently:Tenor Soloist, Verdi’s Requiem (Sun Valley Symphony); Otello, Otello (Bard Music Festival); Tenor Soloist, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Los Angeles Philharmonic)
Upcoming: Tenor Soloist, Scenes from the Life of a Martyr (Detroit Symphony Orchestra); Soloist, Recital (Pittsburg State University); Tenor Soloist, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (National Chorale/Lincoln Center)

Last updated: December 2017

Issachah Savage

Manrico

Jan. 12, 16, 20, & 25

Martin Muehle

Manrico

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Manrico, Il trovatore

Hometown: Mannheim, Germany
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Maurizio, Adriana Lecouvreur (Teatro Massimo Palermo);  Calaf, Turandot (Oper Köln and Teatro Filarmonico Verona); Andrea Chénier, Andrea Chénier (Deutsche Oper Berlin)
Upcoming: Manrico, Il trovatore (Konzert Theater Bern); Andrea Chénier, Andrea Chénier (Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari); Don José, Carmen (Bregenz Festival)

Last updated: December 2017

Martin Muehle

Manrico

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 13, 19, 23, & 26

Elena Gabouri

Azucena

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Azucena, Il trovatore

Hometown: Paris, France
Seattle Opera Debut: Amneris, Aida ('18)
Recently: Amneris, Aida (Arena di Verona); Ulrica, Un ballo in maschera (Seoul Opera Center); Azucena, Il trovatore (Opéra de Lille)
Upcoming: Amneris, Aida (Opera Australia and Arena di Verona); Azucena, Il trovatore (Seattle Opera)

Last updated: June 2018

Elena Gabouri

Azucena

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 12, 16, 20, & 25

Nora Sourouzian

Azucena

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Azucena, Il trovatore

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Carmen, Carmen (Victoria Hall and Sinfonietta de Genève); Azucena, Il trovatore (Oper Graz); Marfa, Dimitrij & Title role, La Navarraise (Bard Summerscape)
Upcoming: Azucena, Il trovatore (Oper Graz); Soloist, Die Wiese von Liebe und Tod des Cornets (Orchestre de Chambre de Genève)

Last updated: December 2017

Nora Sourouzian

Azucena

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 13, 19, 23, & 26

Lester Lynch

Di Luna

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Crown, Porgy and Bess, and Di Luna, Il trovatore

Hometown: New York, NY
Seattle Opera Debut:  Di Luna, Il trovatore (’97)
Recently: Shylock, The Merchant of Venice (Royal Opera, Covent Garden); Crown, Porgy and Bess (Teatro alla Scala); Iago, Otello (Bergen National Opera)
Upcoming: Josh Gibson, The Summer King (Michigan Opera Theatre); The Prisoner, The Prisoner (Semperoper Dresden); Enrico, Lucia Di Lammermoor (English National Opera);

Last updated: June 2018

Lester Lynch

Di Luna

Jan. 12, 16, 20, & 25

Michael Mayes

Di Luna

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Di Luna, Il trovatore

Hometown: Lyons, CO
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Joseph DeRocher, Dead Man Walking (Teatro Real, Madrid); Starbuck, Moby-Dick (Pittsburgh Opera); Sweeney Todd, Sweeney Todd (Atlanta Opera)
Upcoming: Joseph DeRocher, Dead Man Walking (Atlanta Opera); Wozzeck, Wozzeck (Des Moines Metro Opera)

Last updated: December 2017

Michael Mayes

Di Luna

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 13, 19, 23, & 26

Adam Lau

Ferrando

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Ferrando, Il trovatore; Kōbun Chino Otogawa, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Seattle Opera Debut: Papa, Makoto Kobayashi, An American Dream (’15)
Previously at Seattle Opera: The Speaker, The Magic Flute (’17)
Recently: Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro (Lyric Opera of Kansas City); Mephistopheles, Damnation of Faust (Liverpool Philharmonic); Creonte, Medea (Wexford Festival)
Upcoming: Basilio, The Barber of Seville (Kentucky Opera); The Old Hebrew, Samson and Delilah (North Carolina Opera)

Last updated: December 2017

Adam Lau

Ferrando

Jan. 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 25, & 26

Nerys Jones

Inez

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Inez, Il trovatore

Hometown: Llanfair Caereinion, Wales 
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Prince Orlofsky, Die Fledermaus, and Marcellina, The Marriage of Figaro (Tacoma Opera)
Upcoming: Second Lady, The Magic Flute (Vashon Opera)  

Last updated: December 2017

Nerys Jones

Inez

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 25, & 26

John Marzano

Ruiz

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Ruiz, Il trovatore; and Le Remendado, Carmen

Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: Giuseppe, La traviata (’17)
Recently: Tony, West Side Story (Symphony Tacoma); Arturo, Lucia di Lammermoor (Vashon Opera); Hermosa, The Island of Tulipatan (Crested Butte Music Festival)
Upcoming: Camille de Rosillon, The Merry Widow (Tacoma Opera); Soloist, Summer Recital Series (Seattle Art Song Society)

Last updated: December 2017

John Marzano

Ruiz

Jan. 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 25, & 26

Cast

Creative Team

Dan Wallace Miller

Stage Director

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Stage Director, Il trovatore

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: The Combat (‘17)
Director of Verpertine Opera
Recently: Assistant Director, Beatrice and Benedict and Aida (Seattle Opera); Director, excerpts from Die Walkure (Miami Music Festival); Director, The Magic Flute (Pacific Musicworks)
Upcoming: Associate Director, Silent Night (Washington National Opera); Assistant Director, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs and Carmen

Last updated: May 2018

 

Dan Wallace Miller

Stage Director

Carlo Montanaro

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Il trovatore

Hometown: Cecina, Italy
Seattle Opera Debut: Don Quichotte (’11) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: Madame Butterfly (’17) Mary Stuart (’16); Nabucco (’15) Recently: La traviata, (Dallas Opera); La bohème (San Francisco Opera)
Upcoming: La traviata (Opera Australia, Melbourne); Lucia di Lammermoor (Opera Australia, Sydney); Rigoletto (Opéra de Montréal)

Last updated: December 2017

Carlo Montanaro

Conductor

John Conklin

Set & Costume Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2018/19: Il trovatore

Hometown: New York, NY
Seattle Opera Debut: Set designer, Don Pasquale (’86)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Costume designer, Il trovatore (’10); Set designer, La traviata (’09); Set designer, War and Peace (’90); Set designer, Norma (’94)
Recently: Set designer, Semiramide (Metropolitan Opera); Set designer, La traviata (San Francisco Opera); Set designer, Serse (Glimmerglass Festival)
Upcoming: Set designer, The Barber of Seville (Glimmerglass Festival)

Last updated: February 2018

John Conklin

Set & Costume Designer

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