Conductor Giordano Bellincampi
Leonora Erika Grimaldi
Azucena Olesya Petrova
Manrico Gustavo Porta
Ferrando Petri Lindroos
Conte di Luna Simone Piazzola
with the New Zealand Opera Chorus
Spain is racked by civil war. The Conte di Luna courts Leonora, but she is in love with the gypsy troubadour Manrico, a soldier on the opposing side. The Conte’s forces capture Manrico by using his mother, Azucena, as bait. To free her lover, Leonora makes a fatal promise to marry the Conte. But Azucena is haunted by a terrible mistake from decades past.
Even for Verdi, Il Trovatore is full of hits: the famous ‘Anvil Chorus’ and ‘Di quella pira’ are just two highlights. And we’ve got a stellar cast for you.
The great Caruso once observed that all you need for a performance is ‘the four best singers in the world’, and ours are regulars at top European opera houses. He might also have added that the piece needs a conductor with an infallible theatrical touch. Giordano Bellincampi is the perfect musician for an opera of unstoppable dramatic power.