Verdi: Il Trovatore / Met Hd, Radvanovsky
Marcelo Álvarez (Manrico), Sondra Radvanovsky (Leonora), Dolora Zajick (Azucena), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Il Conte di Luna), Stefan Kocán (Ferrando) The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Marco Armiliato
David McVicar's acclaimed production employs a spectacular revolving set to bring a powerful new momentum to Verdi's dark drama of love and revenge. The opera features some of Verdi's best-loved music, including the Anvil Chorus and the heroic tenor aria Di quella pira. Often described as requiring 'the four greatest singers in the world', this performance of Il Trovatore brings together a quartet of stars who have sung their roles to great acclaim throughout the world. “Álvarez made a stalwart, passionate, masculine figure… Radvanovsky has all the technical devices necessary for Leonora, and she is, moreover, a passionate actress … Hvorostovsky sang with superb, flawless line, total control and long, flowing, high notes … Zajick held down Azucena powerfully … The opera’s end I have never seen staged or acted more convincingly” (Opera Today).