Marking the third Verdi opera (of six) of the Met's 2012-2013 radio season, Il Trovatore is among Verdi's most loved and performed operas.
Il Trovatore was written in 1853, sandwiched between Rigoletto and La Traviata, during what is considered Verdi's middle period. This was a time of remarkable creative output for the composer.
The libretto is based on the Spanish play El trovador by Garcia Gutiérrez. In the end, the opera doesn't really resemble the play, and it famously demands little in the way of acting. But Enrico Caruso said that it does demand "the four greatest singers in the world."
Patricia Racette was meant to play the lead role of Leonora, but she's sick and so stepping in to fill her shoes is Angela Meade. If that name rings a bell, it might be because Ms. Meade won the Montreal International Musical Competition in 2009.
Joining Meade are Stephanie Blythe (Azucena), Marco Berti (Manrico) and Alexey Markov (Count di Luna). The opera also features Christophoros Stamboglis as Ferrando.
Perhaps the most famous bit in the opera is the famous Anvil chorus. Here's a taste of what's to come this Saturday:
Il Trovatore as performed in French featuring Monserrat Caballe
Met in HD schedule for Atlantic Canada
Met in HD schedule the rest of Canada