‘Il Trovatore’ is Verdi’s twisted tale of love and vengeance in politics

Il Trovatore (The Troubadour) is a Giuseppe Verdi four-act opera about love and vengeance in politics.

Salvadore Cammarano wrote the Italian libretto based on the play El trovador (1836) by Spanish Romantic dramatist Antonio García Gutiérrez.

Il Trovatore premiered at the Teatro Apollo in Rome in 1853, and at the Met in 1883.

Il Trovatore


Il Trovatore is set in early 19th century Spain during the Peninsular War. That war is what triggered the independence of Latin America and ultimately the end of the Spanish Empire, and the beginning of the American one.


Leonora is a noble woman who loves Manrico.

Manrico is a troubadour and Romany rebel leader.

Count Di Luna is a Royalist nobleman who desires Leonora.

Azucena is a Romany woman and Manrico’s mother.

Ferrando is one of Count Di Luna’s officers.

Il Trovatore 2018

The Metropolitan Opera performs Sir David McVicar’s production eight times from Monday, January 22, 2018 to Thursday, February 15, 2018.


Soprano Jennifer Rowley (Cleveland, Ohio) is Leonora.

Mezzo-Soprano Anita Rachvelishvili (Tbilisi, Georgia) is Azucena.
Mezzo-Soprano Dolora Zajick (Salem, Oregon) is Azucena February 6.

Tenor Yonghoon Lee (Seoul, South Korea) is Manrico.

Baritone Quinn Kelsey (Honolulu, Hawaii) is Count di Luna through February 3.

Baritone Luca Salsi (Parma, Italy) is Count di Luna from February 6 on.

Bass Štefan Kocán (Trnava, Slovakia) is Ferrando through February 3.

Bass Kwangchul Youn (Chung Ju, South Korea) is Ferrando from February 6 on.

Marco Armiliato (Genoa, Italy) conducts.

Il Trovatore January 2018

Monday, January 22 at 7:30 pm
Friday, January 26 at 8 pm

Tuesday, January 30 at 7:30 pm

Il Trovatore February 2018

Saturday, February 3 at 1 pm

Tuesday, February 6 at 7:30 pm
Friday, February 9 at 7:30 pm

Monday, February 12 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, February 15 at 7:30 pm

Il Trovatore Tickets

Tickets start at $25

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