West Australian Opera will conclude its 2014 Season on a high note with the presentation of Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi. One of the most performed operas around the world, Il Trovatore has it all: an arresting plot, high drama, trickery, ultimatums, betrayals and death – all intertwined with some of Verdi’s most soaring arias and inspiring choruses including the famous Anvil Chorus which depicts gypsies striking their anvils singing the praises of hard work, wine and women.
Gypsy woman, Azucena, is consumed by the wrongful execution of her mother at the hands of the di Luna family and has sworn to avenge her. Manrico, the minstrel knight who Azucena raised as a son, is in love with the beautiful Leonora, lady-in- waiting to the Princess. The current Count di Luna is also bewitched by Leonora; but the rivals for her affections are unaware that they are brothers – Manrico having been stolen from his family by Azucena when he was a baby. In Il Trovatore, relationships are questioned, tested and, in the end, destroyed in the name of revenge.
American soprano, Jennifer Rowley makes her debut with West Australian Opera in the role of Leonora. Ms Rowley recently sang the role of Musetta in La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera in New York to wide critical acclaim. Joining her on stage will be tenor Rosario La Spina as Manrico and baritone James Clayton as the Count di Luna. The role of Ferrando, the Captain of the Guard, will be sung by David Parkin (bass) and mezzo soprano, Elizabeth Campbell, takes the role of Azucena. Also appearing will be tenor Matthew Lester as Manrico’s henchman, Ruiz and mezzo soprano Fiona Campbell as Leonora’s confidante, Ines.
Joseph Colaneri will lead the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in this production which will also feature the West Australian Opera Chorus prepared by Joseph Nolan. The season will be dedicated to the late Elke Neidhardt.
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