THIS MINSTREL KNIGHT, WHO IN THE GARDEN SINGS WITH HIS LUTE AT MIDNIGHT.
Il Trovatore (The Troubadour) is one of the most performed operas in the repertoire with an arresting plot that features high drama, trickery, ultimatums, betrayal and death. The opera premiered in 1853 and contains some of Verdi’s most soaring 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.
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 at 1pm prior to the 1.30pm performance and run for approximately 15 minutes. Talks are open to the general public and bookings are not required.