Il Trovatore (Royal Opera House)

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Overview

One of Giuseppe Verdi's most passionate and romantic operas has been given an opulent production in this staging by Elijah Moshinsky, with sets designed by noted production designer Dante Ferretti. Set in 15th century Spain, Il Trovatore tells the story of Manrico, a gypsy troubadour who has fallen in love with the duchess Aragon; however, the Count di Luna is also attracted to Aragon, and when he attempts to take her from Manrico, the troubadour takes the count's life in a duel, not realizing they were, in fact,...
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Overview

One of Giuseppe Verdi's most passionate and romantic operas has been given an opulent production in this staging by Elijah Moshinsky, with sets designed by noted production designer Dante Ferretti. Set in 15th century Spain, Il Trovatore tells the story of Manrico, a gypsy troubadour who has fallen in love with the duchess Aragon; however, the Count di Luna is also attracted to Aragon, and when he attempts to take her from Manrico, the troubadour takes the count's life in a duel, not realizing they were, in fact, brothers, and that his mother Azucena actually stole him from a family of royals many years ago. This version of Il Trovatore features Jose Cura, Veronica Villarroel, Yvonne Naef, and Dmitry Hvorostovsky.
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Special Features

Illustrated synopsis; Meet the cast and their characters; Designing Il Trovatore - behind-the-scenes with the director and the costume and set designers; All about Schläger - preparations for the fight scenes
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2008
  • UPC: 809478070061
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Source: Bbc / Opus Arte
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: Italiano
  • Time: 2:53:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 58,008

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jose Cura Manrico
Dmitri Hvorostovsky Count di Luna
Yvonne Naef Azucena
Verónica Villarroel Leonora
Tomas Tomasson Ferrando
Gweneth-Ann Jeffers Ines
Thomas Barnard Old Gypsy
Douglas Telfer Messenger
Edgaras Montvidas Ruiz
The Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House
Carlo Rizzi Conductor
Technical Credits
Brian Large Director
Dante Ferretti Set Decoration/Design
Anne Tilby Costumes/Costume Designer
Frances Whitaker Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Trovatore
1. Introduction & Scene: The Aliaferia Palace Gardens at the Dead of Night (
2. Scene & Cavatina
3. Scene, Romanza & Trio
4. Gypsy Chorus & Song
5. Scene & Narrative
6. Scene & Duet
7. Scene & Aria
8. Part 2 Finale
9. Introductory Chorus
10. Scene & Trio
11. Scene & Aria
12. Scene, Aria & Miserere
13. Scene & Duet
14. Part 4 Finale
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Trovatore
   Chapters
      Part 1: The Duel
      Part 2: The Gypsy Woman
      Part 3: The Gypsy's Son
      Part 4: The Execution
   Extra Features
      Illustrated Synopsis
      The Cast and Their Characters
      Designing Il Trovatore
      All About Schläger Duelling
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cura and company triumph with Trovatore

    I heartily agree with the previous reviewer's statement that this is the best Tovatore DVD out there. The camera work is unobtrusive and well thought-out, and the stage direction of Elijah Moshinsky is extemely fluid and visually captivating, particularly in his use of warm and cool colors to symbolize the opposing groups of the opera--red for the passionate gypsies led by Manrico and blue for the cold discipline of the military captained by the Count di Luna. The special features really should set the standare for all opera DVDs with their revealing cast and crew interviews and historical information. Now to the performances: I purchased this DVD on the strength of Jose Cura's name and voice and I was not disappointed, learing that Dmitri Hvorostovsky was the Count was icing on the cake. Finally, a tenor who is as handsome as the character he plays should be! Cura cuts a dashing figure and athletic figure as the heroic gypsy, Manrico. The dark timbre of his voice is well-suited Verdi's most challenging tenor role. He is also quite the stage animal, unafraid to smoke, eat,drink sword-fight, kiss the leading lady and basically ACT! all while singing with much precision and power. The famous cabaletta, "Di quella pira" is transposed down a half-tone (not an uncommon practice for a tenor posessed of a weighty voice) for his dark instrument and the high B's ring with power and security. Hvorostovsky is every bit Cura's equal, both in vocal power and stage aplomb. His deep rich, voice is the ideal "Verdi Baritone", his top notes secure and unstrained, and his command of the lyric line of his aria "Il balen nel suo sorriso" is startling. The ladies of the show are no less talented that their male counterparts, particularly the glorious mezzo of Yvonne Naef as Azucena. Here is a singer with enough presence to sing "Stride la vampa" hardly moving a muscle, allowing her voice to show us jsut how haunted she is. The Leonora of Veronica Villarroel is much more a singer than an actor, but her voice is lovely and she tries very hard not to look like she's thinking about the notes and it is very clear she enjoys her time with Cura. The Ferrando of Tomas Tomasson is also quite powerful, rounding out the fantastic cast. This is one to own!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best 'Trovatore ' DVD on the market so far

    I have seen every 'Tro' dvd on the market and think this is the best overall. It was filmed live at the Royal Opera House on May 3, 2002. The production was updated and had a feel of an 'action movie'. We cannot expect four best singers in the world in this production, but it has at least two: Ms. Yvonne Narf's Azucena and the best part of the dvd, Dmitri Hvorostovsky's Count di Luna. The Siberian baritone brings everything and more to this role. The singing is just magnificent and the acting is surprisingly good. His trade mark intensity mixing with elegance works magic in the role of di Luna. The quality of the dvd is excellent with a few extra features. The only negative thing is the production has some unnecessary touches.

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