His Majesty’s Theatre | 7.30pm | October 30 & 1, 4, 6, & 8 November

 

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THIS MINSTREL KNIGHT, WHO IN THE GARDEN SINGS WITH HIS LUTE AT MIDNIGHT.

 

This season of Il Trovatore is dedicated to the late Elke Neidhardt.

 

Il Trovatore (The Troubadour) is one of the most performed operas in the repertoire with an arresting plot that features high drama, trickery, ultimatums and betrayal. The opera premiered in 1853 and contains some of Verdi’s most passionate arias and inspiring choruses, exploring the deep intimacy of human relationships between fathers and daughters, mothers, sons and lovers. In Il Trovatore relationships are tested and, in the end, destroyed in the name of revenge. When a gypsy woman is burnt at the stake for allegedly bewitching a child of the noble di Luna family, the gypsy’s daughter, Azucena, witnessing her mother’s death, swears revenge. Azucena steals the child’s brother, intending to throw him into the flames of her mother’s burning pyre. However, in her torment she mistakenly throws in her own child. Horrified by her mistake she brings up the young Count Manrico as her own child, knowing that one day she might use him to achieve her revenge upon the child’s real family.

 

West Australian Opera Chorus

 

West Australian Symphony Orchestra

 

Sung in Italian with English Surtitles.

 

WARNING: this production contains brief instances of nudity.

Casting subject to change

 

Read Before The Show

 

Wesfarmers Synopsis

 

Annie Patrick in Conversation with Jennifer Rowley

 

Wesfarmers Arts Pre-Performance Talks

Before each performance a brief summary of the opera is provided by guest speaker Annie Patrick. Please join her in the Exhibition Area, Dress Circle Level of His Majesty’s Theatre. Talks will commence at 7pm prior to the evening performances at 7.30pm and run for approximately 15 minutes. Talks are open to the general public and bookings are not required.

 

Sesfarmers

 

Creative Team

Conductor

Joseph Colaneri

 

Director

Elke Neidhardt

 

Rehearsal Director

Matthew Barclay

 

Designer

Michael Scott-Mitchell

 

Lighting Designer

Nick Schlieper

 

CAST

Leonora

Jennifer Rowley (Australian Debut)

 

Manrico

Rosario La Spina

 

Count di Luna

James Clayton

 

Ferrando

David Parkin

 

Azucena

Elizabeth Campbell

 

Ruiz

Matthew Lester

 

Ines

Fiona Campbell