Il Trovatore (Royal Opera House)

Il Trovatore (Royal Opera House)

Director: Brian Large Cast: Jose Cura, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Yvonne Naef

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/29/2013
UPC: 0809478060109
Original Release: 2002
Source: Bbc / Opus Arte
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:52:00
Sales rank: 55,407

Special Features

Cast gallery; Illustrated synopsis; Cast interviews; Designing Il Trovatore; Fight scenes documentary

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Il Trovatore
1. Chapter 1 [4:02]
2. Chapter 2 [4:17]
3. Chapter 3 [3:39]
4. Chapter 4 [2:23]
5. Chapter 5 [4:43]
6. Chapter 6 [1:48]
7. Chapter 7 [2:03]
8. Chapter 8 [3:24]
9. Chapter 9 [2:22]
10. Chapter 10 [2:59]
11. Chapter 11 [2:45]
12. Chapter 12 [1:51]
13. Chapter 13 [1:04]
14. Chapter 14 [4:48]
15. Chapter 15 [2:30]
16. Chapter 16 [2:48]
17. Chapter 17 [1:24]
18. Chapter 18 [2:29]
19. Chapter 19 [1:53]
20. Chapter 20 [3:57]
21. Chapter 21 [:45]
22. Chapter 22 [1:52]
23. Chapter 23 [4:49]
24. Chapter 24 [4:37]
25. Chapter 25 [2:03]
26. Chapter 26 [2:26]
27. Chapter 27 [2:31]
28. Chapter 28 [3:11]
29. Chapter 29 [2:11]
30. Chapter 30 [2:10]
31. Chapter 31 [3:00]
32. Chapter 32 [1:36]
33. Chapter 33 [2:05]
34. Chapter 34 [3:17]
35. Chapter 35 [4:08]
36. Chapter 36 [4:52]
37. Chapter 37 [2:25]
38. Chapter 38 [1:54]
39. Chapter 39 [2:03]
40. Chapter 40 [1:04]
41. Chapter 41 [2:34]
42. Chapter 42 [5:33]
43. Chapter 43 [3:30]
44. Chapter 44 [1:12]
45. Chapter 45 [12:41]

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Il Trovatore (Royal Opera House) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.