By Giuseppe Verdi
September 12-October 1
Starting at $26
2 hours, 40 minutes, with one intermission
United by Blood. Divided by Hate.
Familial revenge runs deep in Giuseppe Verdi’s towering opera of grand passions stymied at every turn. Music Director Eun Sun Kim continues her Verdi cycle with Il Trovatore, a work of sublime arias, passionate ensembles, and the rousing Anvil Chorus.
Sir David McVicar’s incisive, visceral production, rooted in the haunting imagery of Spanish painter Francisco Goya and the power struggles of the Spanish War of Independence, returns to San Francisco.
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Secret identities. Family feuds. A deadly love triangle. Spectacular music. Il Trovatore has all the elements of an extraordinary Verdi drama.
Audio excerpts are from the 2003 cast of Il Trovatore with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Marco Armiliato.
“Tacea la notte placida”/ Marina Mescheriakova (Leonora); Anvil Chorus/San Francisco Opera Chorus; “Ai nostri monti”/Dolora Zajick (Azucena) and Richard Margison (Manrico)