The Metropolitan Opera’s presentation of Verdi’s Il Trovatore will be transmitted live in HD to movie theaters on Saturday, April 30 at 1:00 pm ET as part of The Met’s groundbreaking Live in HD series. We hope you will let your readers know about the opera being shown in your local theaters. Photos, videos and audio clips are available by logging in through the link below. Please let us know if we can help you with further information.
Four of today’s leading Verdi stars—Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky—sing the main roles in this fast-paced production by David McVicar first seen at the Met in 2009. Marco Armiliato conducts the opera, which features some of Verdi’s most famous music, including the “Anvil Chorus.” Renée Fleming, star of this Saturday’s Live in HD transmission of Capriccio, will host the intermission interviews.
The cast and production of Il Trovatore have received impressive critical acclaim. The New York Times noted David McVicar’s “clear-headed, psychologically insightful and fluid staging” and the Wall Street Journal wrote “A streamlined staging and breakneck pace made the most of the opera's ferocious, larger-than-life conflicts and emotions.” The New York Times also said that “Mr. Álvarez…has a real tenor voice, full of throbbing warmth and ping. Mr. Hvorostovsky…once again makes a Verdi role his own, singing with an alluring combination of dusky colors, creamy legato and robust top notes. Sondra Radvanovsky gives an intensely expressive and musically honest performance, letting phrases fly with bright, soaring sound and shaping passages with pianissimo tenderness. Dolora Zajick, a force of nature, sings Azucena with demonic ferocity, a woman obsessed.”