Il trovatore Verdi

When the infant son of Count di Luna falls ill after a visit from a gypsy woman, she is burned at the stake for witchcraft. Her daughter snatches the child intending to kill him, but, mad with grief, throws her own son onto the fire. Years later, she has brought the Count’s son up as her own and he and his elder brother, unaware of their relationship, are rivals for the beautiful Leonora. Jealousy, revenge, love and hate collide as the opera crashes towards its unstoppable conclusion.


This restaging from director Martin Lloyd-Evans conjures up all the superstition and fearfulness of the Dark Ages. The stark, brooding lines of the set stand in contrast to the blood and thunder of Verdi’s music, providing a majestic backdrop for a cast and chorus of over 50.


Full-blooded opera at its grandest, Verdi’s score is pack with a dizzying succession of familiar melodies, from the thrilling Anvil Chorus and Manrico’s stirring ‘Di quella pira’ to the spine-tingling Miserere. The cast includes some of the UK’s finest singers, including Roland Wood (Werther 2013), Anne Mason (Der Ring des Nibelungen 2004) and Jonathan May, leading soprano Claire Rutter (Turandot 2014) and renowned Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones. Tobias Ringborg (Rigoletto 2011, Così fan tutte 2009) conducts. 


Il trovatore was performed at:


Theatre Royal Glasgow
Thu 7 May 2015

Sat 9 May 2015

Tue 12 May 2015

Thu 14 May 2015

Sun 17 May 2014
Il trovatore Unwrapped Mon 11 May 2015


Festival Theatre Edinburgh
Thu 21 May 2015

Sun 24 May 2015

Wed 27 May 2015

Sat 30 May 2015
Il trovatore Unwrapped Fri 22 May 2015


Eden Court, Inverness

Thu 4 Jun 2015

Sat 6 Jun 2015

Il trovatore Unwrapped Fri 5 Jun 2015


His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen

Thu 11 Jun 2015

Sat 13 Jun 2015

Il trovatore Unwrapped Fri 12 Jun 2015

Sung in Italian with English supertitles Running time 2 hrs 30 mins approximately