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  Il Trovatore at Lyric Opera

Il Trovatore

Lyric Opera
20 N. Wacker Drive Chicago

One of the most memorably melodic and dramatically barnstorming of all romantic Italian operas, Il Trovatore centers on the gypsy Azucena (mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe), who has raised Manrico (tenor Yonghoon Lee) as her son. She is harboring a dark secret, however, as to his true birth. Both a troubadour and a warrior, Manrico is in love with the noblewoman Leonora (soprano Amber Wagner), who is also loved by Manrico's enemy, Count di Luna (baritone Quinn Kelsey). The Count has spent his life searching for his brother, who died under mysterious circumstances involving a gypsy. Urged on by his henchman Ferrando (bass Andrea Silvestrelli), the Count takes Azucena prisoner, leading to tragic consequences for all concerned.

Thru - Nov 29, 2014

Price: $39-$249

Show Type: Opera

Box Office: 312-332-2244

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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...Conductor Asher Fisch drew a most satisfying account of the score from his players (not to mention those anvils!). Chorus master Michael Black's assemblage made exhilarating work of the ensemble writing, particularly with an exquisitely sung "Miserere" that reminded us again how lucky we are to have him here."
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Mark Thomas Ketterson

Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...Director-choreographer Leah Hausman staged this revival with an exciting sense of momentum, fully supported by conductor Asher Fisch and Lyric’s orchestra. Soft-edged, plangent woodwinds underscored the opera’s melancholy mood, and pulsing strings were a comforting presence its opera’s quiet moments. But when the famous Anvil Chorus erupted, the dry ring of massive hammers on unforgiving metal was both thrilling and chilling."
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Wynne Delacoma

Chicago Stage Review - Highly Recommended

"...Baritone Quinn Kelsey’s portrayal of Count di Luna makes him the break out star of Lyric’s Il Trovatore. This Ryan Opera Center alum’s perfect synthesis of fine singing and acting takes what could have been a one-dimensional villain and imbues him with great humanity. Verdi’s tragedy is made deeply real to the audience by this sympathetic portrayal of a good man robbed of his family, a man who sees history about to repeat itself. Kelsey’s Count di Luna is not so much the unintentional villain, as the unintentional victim of a cruel fate. This subtlety of performance, staging and direction is indicative of the creative path our “new” Lyric Opera is taking, to realize greater levels of perfection and transformative power. Bravo."
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Lori Dana

Stage and Cinema - Highly Recommended

"...There’s nothing subtle about Verdi’s ambitiously conceived Il Trovatore (The Troubadour). Grandly realized and magnificently staged by Lyric Opera, it is one of the three triumphs of Verdi’s “middle period.” Preceded by Rigoletto, the composer followed it with La Traviata, with which it shares more than just a similar-sounding title. Both are dramatic tales of tragic love featuring demanding vocal roles and off-stage serenades sung by the lead tenor.
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Barnaby Hughes

ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...It wouldn’t be a melodrama if it didn’t require strong music to carry it, but of course, that’s why it’s famous. The principals all inhabit their characters and make them work within the context of this world. In her song “Stride la vampa,” Blythe establishes her character’s self-loathing and anger against the world. But there’s also a grim pleasure in being a revenger; she smiles as she gives a little boy a knife to make mischief of his own. Kelsey’s di Luna is a stooped, scruffy man who has the misfortune of appearing messy when he really isn’t. His aria “Il balen del suo sorriso” is a heartfelt ode to Leonora, but crosses into unhealthy obsession."
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Jacob Davis

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