Verona, Agosto 2010: Il Trovatore- the Opera Critic

A triumphant Trovatore

by Sivia Luraghi

Verdi: Il Trovatore
Arena di Verona
11 July 2010

This year´s summer Festival in Verona honors star director Franco Zeffirelli by staging five of his productions: season opener Turandot,AidaCarmenMadama Butterfly, and Il Trovatore. This last production, which premiered in 2001 and was then revived in 2002 and 2004, featured a star studded cast, with Arena favorite Marcelo Alvarez in the role of Manrico and baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky in his Arena debut and Italian role debut as his rival Count Luna.

The two singers did not disappoint: Alvarez, arguably the best Manrico of his generation, was perhaps not at his best and had to force somewhat in the first duet with Azucena; the perilous high note of the cabaletta was perhaps not perfect, but the dynamics of pianiand forti were excellent and his performance was compelling throughout.

“The Opera critic”