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Il Trovatore, Verdi – Opera – Live

Daniele Gatti, Alvis Hermanis – With Anna Netrebko (Leonora) and Plácido Domingo (Count di Luna) – Salzburg Festival

Information: Plácido Domingo was ill on the day of this recording, yet he decided to appear on stage at the Salzburg Festival. Special thanks to the maestro for his performance!

Verdi's Trovatore live from the Salzburg Festival in a dream casting, starring Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo, Francesco Meli and Marie-Nicole Lemieux.

This opera will be available in France and Germany from February 15, 2015.

A true gem of the operatic repertoire, Il Trovatore is one of Verdi's most beloved masterpieces. With Rigoletto and La Traviata, Il Trovatore is part of the Trilogia popolare. The opera was premiered on January 19, 1853, at the Teatro Apollo in Rome. It immediately encountered great success, and during the following years, Verdi's Trovatore toured in the most prestigious opera house around Europe: Teatro alla Scala in Milan, La Fenice in Venice, the Théâtre de la comédie italienne and the Opéra national de Paris, Covent Garden in London, ...

The action takes place during the 15th century. A rumour says that years ago, a gypsy was wrongly accused to have bewitched the youngest of the Di Luna children, who had fallen sick. For the crime that she was accused of, the gypsy was burnt alive. At her death, she asked her daughter Azucena to avenge her, which she did by abducting the baby. Even though the count then found burnt bones in the pyre, he could never believe that his son was dead. He commanded his firstborn, the now count di Luna, to find Azucena... The plot is based on the four main characters: Azucena, the Count di Luna, Leonora (lady-in-waiting to the Princess, with whom the count is in love) and Manrico (the count's rival).

The world famous Russian soprano Anna Netrebko sings the role of Leonora, who inherited the opera's most famous arias, including "Tacea la notte," "D'amor sull'ali rosee" and "Di te! di te! Scordarmi di te!." She will be found singing next to Plácido Domingo (count di Luna), with whom she has already appeared several times (including as a flowermaiden in Tony Palmer's version of Parsifal). The Canadian mezzo-soprano Marie-Nicole Lemieux performs the part of Azucena and the young Francesco Meli will be Manrico.

Co-production with the Shanghai Grand Theatre.

Picture: Anna Netrebko and Plácido Domingo © Salzburger Festspiele / Forster.

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Broadcast date : Aug. 15, 2014, 2 p.m.

Daniele Gatti conductor
Alvis Hermanis stage director, set designer
Eva Dessecker costume designer
Gleb Filshtinsky lightings
Ineta Sipunova video
Gudrun Hartmann associate director
Uta Gruber-Ballehr associate set designer
Ronny Dietrich dramaturgy
Ernst Raffelsberger chorus master

Anna Netrebko (Leonora)
Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Azucena)
Diana Haller member of the young singers project (Ines)
Francesco Meli (Manrico)
Plácido Domingo (Count di Luna)
Riccardo Zanellato (Ferrando)
Gerard Schneider member of the young singers project (Ruiz)
Miloš Bulajić member of the young singers project (A Messenger)
Raimundas Juzuitis member of the young singers project (An Old Gypsy)

Members of the Angelika Prokopp Sommerakademie of the Vienna Philharmonic
Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus
Wiener Philharmoniker

Movie director : Agnes Méth
Playlist : The Best of Italian Operas

Location : Grosses Festspielhaus (Salzburg, Austria)
Production date : 2014
Production : Recorded by ORF in cooperation with UNITEL and ZDF for Arte in collaboration with the SALZBURG FESTIVAL, the Wiener Philharmoniker and CLASSICA.

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