Saturday, October 3, 2015
A free talk about this opera will be given in the studio on the lower level before the broadcast at 12:15 PM (40 minutes before the start time) by Scott Morrison.
World premiere: Teatro Apollo, Rome, 1853.
Met company premiere: October 26, 1883.
Verdi’s turbulent tragedy of four characters caught in a web of family ties, politics, and love is a mainstay of the operatic repertory. The score is as melodic as it is energetic, with infectious tunes that are not easily forgotten. The vigorous music accompanies a dark and disturbing tale that revels in many of the most extreme expressions of Romanticism, including violent shifts in tone, unlikely coincidences, and characters who are impelled by raw emotion rather than cool logic.
Tenor Yonghoon Lee will sing his first Met Opera HD broadcast as the ill-fated Manrico. Mr. Lee starred in OCM’s first two productions and returned to Middlebury in 2013 to celebrate our 10th anniversary. Joining him will be soprano Anna Netrebko in her next new role at the Met—Leonora, the Verdi heroine who sacrifices her own life for the love of the gypsy troubadour. Rounding out this all-star cast will be baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Manrico’s rival, and mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick as the mysterious gypsy with the troubled past. Marco Armiliato conducts Sir David McVicar’s Goya-inspired production.