Il trovatore

Giuseppe Verdi, Il trovatore


Macerata, Arena Sferisterio, 1 August 2020

(semi-staged performance)

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Il trovatore proves a masterpiece even without staging

With Il trovatore, Verdi dealt another blow to the moral standards of his time. Two years earlier he had staged a hunchback and a dissolute monarch and a few months later it was the turn of a grande horizontale. Here we have a gypsy, an outcast by society and only an alleged madness makes Azucena an acceptable protagonist – originally the opera was to be entitled The Gypsy.

In the case of Rigoletto and La traviata the censorship requested the backdating of the events to weaken the shock…

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