Saturday 12 October 2013 at 19.30 on BBC radio 3
Verdi’s Il Trovatore
image from Bayerische Staatsoper website
Recorded at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich earlier this year.
Link to synopsis and photo gallery. iPlayer time expired
Verdi 200: Il Trovatore with Jonas Kaufmann making his debut in the role of Manrico and Anja Harteros as Leonora. The production, by Olivier Py drew a lot of criticism for its “modern approach” so this may be a good opportunity to enjoy the music without distractions!
Kaufmann, one of the world’s leading tenors, continues to expand his repertoire into some of the heavier Italian roles with Manrico, the troubadour of the opera’s title. He’s joined once again by one of his regular collaborators, the German soprano Anja Harteros, as Leonora, the subject of his affection.
Il Trovatore was one of Verdi’s most successful operas even during his lifetime. In the three years following its premiere in 1853 it received more than 200 productions worldwide. And today it remains one of the most popular operas in the repertoire. He wrote it during a period which also saw the composition of Rigoletto and La Traviata, so by the time Verdi was forty he was at the height of his powers.
The story is sometimes parodied for the melodramatic and seemingly outrageous nature of some of the plot. Salvatore Cammarano wrote the libretto but died before its completion so Verdi found a new collaborator in the Neapolitan poet Leone Bardare.
Manrico…..Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)
Leonora…..Anja Harteros (soprano)
Count di Luna…..Alexey Markov (baritone)
Azucena…..Elena Manistina (mezzo-soprano)
Ferrando…..Kwangchul Youn (bass)
Inez…..Golda Schultz (soprano)
A Gypsy….Rafal Pawnuk
A Messenger…..Joshua Stewart
Bavarian State Opera Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Paolo Carignani
The trailer and some of the comments from those upset by the production, is HERE
Review and another (blog)
Various production comments on Intermezzo
Bayerische Staatsoper production information