Scottish Opera: Il trovatore Hidden Opera

Scottish Opera: Il trovatore Hidden

  • Start date

    Thursday 11 June 2015

  • End date

    Saturday 13 June 2015

  • venue

    His Majesty's Theatre

  • time


  • age


  • price

    ★£54 - £17.50 inc. bf | U26s £10 inc. bf | Subscriptions available

  • genre


Scottish Opera presents Verdi’s II trovatore (2015)

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

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 features some of the UK’s finest singers, including Roland Wood, Anne Mason and Jonathan May, leading soprano Claire Rutter and renowned Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones. Tobias Ringborg conducts.

ConductorsTobias Ringborg & Derek Clark (4 & 6 June)
Directed by Martin Lloyd-Evans   based on a design concept for the original production
Lighting Robert B Dickson Fight Director Raymond Short Movement Director Kally Lloyd-Jones

"a tortuous and complex tale of confused relationships, spiteful jealousy and hideous revenge, with music that is all blood and thunder, everything hinges on powerful vocal displays" ★★★★ The Scotsman

"There is excellence across the cas..." ★★★★ The Herald

"a distinguished night for the company’s orchestra and chorus, both of them providing taut music-making and unstoppable dramatic momentum" ★★★★ The Stage

"In the hands of conductor Tobias Ringborg, Verdi’s darkest tale is crisp and neat" ★★★ The Guardian

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

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