Il Trovatore (2016)

Release date
Opéra Bastille
Giuseppe Verdi
Musical direction
Daniele Callegari
Stage direction
Alex Ollé

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Il Trovatore (2016)
Photo credit
Charles Duprat/OnP

Main informations

In the aftermath of Rigoletto, Verdi’s sole desire was to do something new. However, he became impatient, angry even, when the project to adapt El Trovador, the play by the Spanish dramatist Antonio García Gutiérrez, aroused only guarded enthusiasm from Salvatore Cammarano, his librettist, and the man to whom Donizetti owed in part the success of Lucia di Lammermoor. Was it due to the libretto's inordinately improbable storyline or the illness that would ultimately consume him that the poet left the libretto unfinished? Despite the urgings of the irrepressible Verdi, Cammarano would not yield. Herein lies the paradox of Il Trovatore: in the eyes of its detractors it was the epitome of melodrama and yet the formal constraints imposed by Cammarano fanned the flames of the composer’s passions. Rather than true characters – excepting perhaps Azucena the Gypsy, who guards the secret that will destroy them all – the music portrays almost abstract figures consumed by passion. Originally intended by Verdi to be a secondary role, Leonora takes on the status of a sacrificial heroine. Her fourth-act cavatina “D’amor sull’ali rosee” is not so much a farewell as an Assumption. Anna Netrebko carries this enraptured music to new heights. She is accompanied by Ekaterina Semenchuk, Marcelo Alvarez and Ludovic Tézier, in a new production by Alex Ollé.

Il Trovatore (2016)
Artistic team

Opera in four parts (1853)
Music / Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto / Salvatore Cammarano
After Antonio García Gutiérrez

Conductor / Daniele Callegari
Director / Alex Ollé
Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Presented by Alain Duault
Directed by Vincent Massip


Leonora / Hui He
Manrico / Marcelo Alvarez
Il Conte di Luna / Ludovic Tézier
Azucena / Ekaterina Semenchuk
Ferrando / Roberto Tagliavini
Ines / Marion Lebegue
Ruiz / Oleksiy Palchykov


Search for a cinema