Verdi's Dramatic and Tuneful Favorite "Il Trovatore" kicks off the New Season of "Great Performances at the Met"

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19 January 2016
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Yonghoon Lee as Manrico in Great Performances at the Met: Il Trovatore (2016). Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.
 Verdi's "Il Trovatore" on "Great Performances at the Met"
Season Premiere Friday, January 22 at 9 p.m. on PBS
(Check your local listings)
 
          Soprano Anna Netrebko appears in her highly anticipated Met role debut as Leonora, the tortured heroine who sacrifices her own life for the love of the Gypsy troubadour. Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings Count di Luna, Yonghoon Lee is Manrico, Dolora Zajick sings her signature role of the Gypsy Azucena, and Stefan Kocán is Ferrando. Marco Armiliato conducts Sir David McVicar's Goya-inspired production.

         When the production debuted earlier this season, The New York Times observed, "Ms. Netrebko sounded wonderful, singing with plush, penetrating sound and affecting character."

 

          The Financial Times wrote about the dramatic circumstances behind the scenes. "The performance on Friday was dominated, triumphantly, by Dmitri Hvorostovsky, 52, who returned to the romantically evil, nobly melodic stances of il Conte di Luna. Back in June, he announced that he had suffered a brain tumor and would undergo treatment in London. Yet here he was...looking vital, singing heroically and acting with unexpected degrees of expressive intensity. When he made his entrance, the house erupted. Even the conductor applauded. The baritone beamed, clutched his heart and took a bow. Three hours later, at his curtain call, the orchestra showered him with white roses."

        Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham hosts the broadcast.
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