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Il Trovatore (The Troubadour)

Music: Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto: Salvatore Cammarano, completed by Leone Emanuele Bardare, based on Antion García Gutiérrez's El Trovator.

Productions

Rome, 1853
London, 1855
Sadler's Wells Theatre, 1931
Theatre Royal Newcastle, 1957
Sadler's Wells Theatre, 1957
Royal Opera House, 1978
Royal Opera House, 2007

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Rome
1853

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London
1855

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Sadler's Wells Theatre
1931

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Theatre Royal Newcastle
First performance: 25th March 1957

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Sadler's Wells Theatre
June 1957
Sadler's Wells Opera. English version: Tom Hammond and Norman Tucker.
Conductor: Leo Quayle. Producer: Powell Lloyd.
Scenery Designer: Malcolm Pride.

Saturday 8th June programme cast
83rd performance at SW
CharacterPlayed By
Ferrando, an old servant of the Count di LunaHarold Blackburn
Leonora, lady-in-waiting to the Queen of AragonVictoria Elliott
Inez, another lady-in-waitingAva June
Count di Luna, commander of the Royal Army of AragonPeter Glossop
Manrico the Troubadour, leader of the rebel army of UrgelRonald Dowd
Azucena, a gipsy, supposed mother of ManricoSheila Rex
An old gipsyWilliam Davies
A messengerJohn Larsen
Ruiz, a soldier in the rebel armyRhys Williams

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Royal Opera House Covent Garden
March 1978
Original production: Luchino Visconti. Designers: Filippo Sanjust.
Staged by: Andre Anderson.

Friday 17th March 1978 cast
CharacterPlayed By
Ferrando, Captain of Count di Luna's GuardRichard Van Allan
Leonora, Lady-in-waiting to the QueenMartina Arroyo
Inez, Leonora's confidanteElizabeth Bainbridge
Count di LunaFranco Bordoni
Manrico, "Son" of Azucena (brother of Count di Luna)Carlo Bergonzi
Azucena, A gypsy woman, "mother" of ManricoLivia Budai
An Old GypsyWyndham Parfitt
A MessengerHandel Owen
Ruiz, Manrico's CaptainJohn Dobson
SchoolboysFrom the Edith Cavell School
ConductorEdward Downes
The Royal Opera ChorusChorus Master: John Barton
Orchestra of the Royal Opera HouseLeader: John Brown

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Royal Opera House
30 January, 2, 5 (313th perf at ROH), 8, 12, 18 (matinee), 23 February 2007
Conductor: Nicola Luisotti. Director: Elijah Moshinsky.
Set Designs: Dante Ferretti. Costume Designs: Anne Tilby.
Lighting: Mike Gunning. Fight Arranger: William Hobbs.
The Royal Opera Chorus - Chorus Director: Renato Balsadonna.
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Concert Master: Vasko Vassilev.

CharacterPlayed By
FerrandoRaymond Aceto
LeonoraCatherine Naglestad
InesKishani Jayasinghe
Count di LunaAnthony Michaels-Moore
ManricoMarcelo Álvarez
30 Jan, 2, 5, 8, 12, 15, 18 Feb
ManricoZoran Todorovich
23 Feb
AzucenaStephanie Blythe
Old GypsyThomas Barnard
MessengerJohn Heath
RuizHaoyin Xue

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