Verdi’s 'Il Trovatore'
David McVicar’s production of Verdi’s popular opera
David McVicar’s 2011 production is set in Spain during the age of Goya, and has been praised for fluid staging and its strong visual aesthetic.
In the context of civil war, the Count di Luna (Dmitri Hvorostovsky) challenges the troubadour and leader of rebel forces Manrico (Álvarez) over their shared love of the noblewoman Leonora (Radvanovsky).
Although Manrico is triumphant in the duel, di Luna plans to take Leonora by force. Manrico and his troops resist the attack and the lovers flee. Any refuge they find doesn’t last long and theirs is an ultimately tragic end.
The Metropolitan Opera is conducted by Marco Armiliato.