Il trovatore (The Troubadour)
opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Salvadore Cammarano
Based on the play El trovador (1836) by Antonio García Gutiérrez
STATE OPERA BURGAS
Conductor: Ivan Kozhuharov
Director, set and costume design: Ivan Savov
Choir conductor: Nevena Mihaylova
Choreography: Galina Kalcheva
Concertmaster: Vanya Zlateva
Assistant directors: Lina Peeva, Petar Tiholov
Manrico – Valeriy Georgiev – guest
Leonora – Yoana Zhelezcheva
Count di Luna – Maryan Yovanovski
Azucena – Daniela Dyakova
Ferrando – Delyan Slavov
Ines – Lina Peeva
Ruiz – Lyubomir Todorov
An old gypsy – Nikolay Nikolov
A messenger – Valyu Totev
Orchestra, choir and ballet of State Opera Burgas
Il trovatore is not only one of the most beloved works of Giuseppe Verdi, but in the entire classic opera world.
Cammarano’s libretto has all the important ingredients of good drama: love, hatred, politics and intrigue. The ending is tragic – Leonora swallows poison, and Count di Luna destroys Manrico before realizing that he is his brother.
Verdi composed the opera in 29 days. The music has a lasting impression on the viewer with those typical Verdi’s captivating tunes and energetic choral scenes inviting revolutionary sentiment.
The exotic romance of the gypsy camp environment also helps to make The Troubadour famous.
The opera was first performed on January 19, 1853 at Teatro Apollo in Rome.