Giuseppe Verdi, Il trovatore
Macerata, Arena Sferisterio, 1 August 2020
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…