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Il Trovatore

Swift action, intense pathos, and more hit songs than any opera but Carmen combine to make this hot-blooded story of love, hate, revenge, and death a grand warhorse of sound and spectacle. A gypsy mother’s love clashes with a dark secret from her past in this suspenseful romantic drama. The entire final act is considered an opera highlight. Swordplay, poison, late night abductions, and a gypsy curse add to the overall intrigue. The score boasts a very high quota of recognizable music: rousing choruses, lilting gypsy tunes, and familiar crowd-pleasing hits that had audiences shouting “Viva Verdi!” after its premiere.

In Italian with English Captions
Approximate Running Time:
2 hours and 40 minutes, with 1 intermission
at McCaw Hall

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Insight to Il Trovatore by General Director Speight Jenkins. Hear more audio clips by launching the Seattle Opera Audio Player.



Preview Video

See highlights from Verdi's hot-blooded melodrama Il Trovatore, including the famous "Anvil Chorus" and Antonello Palombi singing "Di quella pira." The video preview also features Lisa Daltirus, Gordon Hawkins, and Malgorzata Walewska.


Speight’s Corner

General Director Speight Jenkins discusses the exciting cast he has put together for Il Trovatore. This video includes musical examples from these cast members’ past performances at Seattle Opera.


Behind the Scenes:
Seattle Opera Chorus

Meet some of the choristers who will bring the rousing choruses of Verdi’s Trovatore to life. Take a peek into a chorus rehearsal, learn about the singers’ experience with Seattle Opera, and hear why Chorusmaster Beth Kirchoff loves working on Il Trovatore.

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