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The Troubadour

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)
Thu 15.02.2018 - 19:30 h
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Opera in four acts
Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano
First performed on 19th January 1853 at Rome
Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 24. March, 1996

In Italian language with German and English surtitles

2 hrs 45 mins / 1 interval

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance

Cast

Based on a production by

Hans Neuenfels

Set Design, Costume Design

Reinhard von der Thannen

Chorus Master

Jeremy Bines

Il Conte di Luna

George Petean

Ferrando

Ievgen Orlov

Azucena

Judit Kutasi

Manrico

Murat Karahan

Ruiz / Un messo

Matthew Newlin

Un vecchio zingaro

Hong-Kyun Oh

A Messenger

Sungjin Kown

The Concert Programme

THE TROUBADOUR is one of Verdi’s best loved and most performed operas. The world premiere of the work, which sets the tender yet heroic love story between Leonora and her troubadour Manrico against the bleak backdrop of 15th-century Spain, was a personal triumph for the composer and marked the end of his “spell in the galleys”. The opulent melodies, the meridional colours of the music and the intimacy of the arias, particularly Leonora’s, achieve a depth that far exceeds that inherent in the bel canto sound.

Verdi wrote to his librettist Salvadore Cammarano thus: “If I get offered poetry that can be set to music, as far as I’m concerned it can be in any form and have any structure. In fact the more novel and idiosyncratic the form and the structure are, the happier I am.” And he added a statement that was to influence the direction that opera was to take: “If the whole opera [I’m almost inclined to say] were made up of a single number, I’d think it was more reasonable and proper.” His TROUBADOUR is a first step on the road from ballad opera to the musical theatre of the 20th century.

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