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Il trovatore

Friday April 26, 2013 - Saturday May 11, 2013

Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center  



Overview

 


Giuseppe Verdi's Il trovatore
Sung in Italian with projected English translation

Apr. 26, 2013 - 7:30 p.m. | Apr. 28, 2013 - 2 p.m. | May 1, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.
May 4, 2013 - 7:30 p.m. | May 8, 2013 - 7: 30 p.m. | May 11, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.

Revenge and passion on a monumental scale: this is grand opera! Verdi's music illuminates this story with passionate dance rhythms to great theatrical effect. The score is expressive—melodies arrive in quick succession, each more stirring than the last. The result is an unerring melodrama that grips us with intense power. One of the grandest of all grand operas—not to be missed!

Production co-owned by Los Angeles Opera and Washington National Opera
Photo credit: Brett Coomer

Premier Guarantor: The General and Mrs. Maurice Hirsch Opera Fund

Synopsis

Before the Opera Begins

The opera is set in fifteenth-century Spain, a period of civil war. The present ruler, the Prince of Aragon, is battling the forces of the Prince of Urgel to hold onto the throne. Count di Luna, a leading supporter of the Prince of Aragon, is in love with Leonora, lady-in-waiting to the Princess of Aragon.

Act I, “The Duel”

Ferrando, captain of the guard commanded by Count di Luna, tells his men a story. Many years ago, when the Count was still a child, an old Gypsy was caught standing over the cradle of his baby brother, Garzia. When the baby grew ill, it was thought the Gypsy had bewitched him, and she was hunted down and burned at the stake. The Gypsy's daughter, Azucena, avenged her mother's death by kidnapping Garzia. Later, the half-burnt skeleton of a child was found on the same spot where the old Gypsy had been executed.

Leonora, walking in her garden with her friend Inez, confides her love for a mysterious knight who has come to serenade her at night. In the darkness, Leonora hears his voice and rushes to meet him, only to find herself in the arms of the Count. The mysterious troubadour steps out of the shadows, identifying himself as Manrico. Count di Luna challenges his rival to a duel.

Act II, “The Gypsy”

As dawn breaks in the Biscay Mountains, a band of Gypsies sing as they work. As if in a trance, Azucena describes her mother's fiery execution. Her son, Manrico, weak from wounds sustained in battle, asks to hear the full story. Azucena describes how she stole Garzia and intended to throw him into the flames, but in her delirium, she hurled her own son into the fire instead. Horrified, Manrico questions whether he is indeed her son. A messenger brings news that Leonora believes the troubadour is dead and plans to enter a convent. Despite Azucena's entreaties, Manrico rushes away.

Di Luna, consumed with passion for Leonora, waits by the cloister planning to kidnap her before she takes her vows. When she enters with a group of nuns, he strides forward, only to be halted by Manrico, who suddenly appears with his men. As the two forces struggle, the lovers joyfully escape.

INTERMISSION

Act III, “The Gypsy's Son”

Di Luna has pitched camp near the bastion of Castellor, where Manrico has taken Leonora. Ferrando leads in Azucena, who was captured lurking nearby. The Gypsy says she is only searching for her son. Di Luna reveals his identity, at which Azucena recoils and is recognized by Ferrando, who drags her to the stake by order of the Count.

Inside the castle, Manrico assures Leonora that her love makes him invincible and that Di Luna's army will be conquered. As the couple prepares to go to the wedding chapel, Manrico's friend Ruiz bursts in to report that Azucena has been tied to the stake. Proclaiming that he will save his mother, Manrico vows vengeance on Di Luna.

Act IV, “The Torture”

Ruiz brings Leonora to the tower at the Aliaferia Palace, where Di Luna has imprisoned Manrico and Azucena. When Di Luna appears, Leonora agrees to yield to him in order to save Manrico. The astonished Count accepts the bargain and goes to inform the guard. During his absence, Leonora swallows poison that she has concealed in a ring.

In their cell, Manrico comforts Azucena. Leonora rushes in to tell her lover he is saved, urging him to flee. When he learns she has offered herself to Di Luna in exchange for his life, Manrico curses her faithlessness. The poison begins to take effect, however, and realizing what she has done for his sake, Manrico takes her into his arms as she dies. Cheated of his prize, Di Luna furiously sends Manrico to the executioner's block, forcing Azucena to watch as the ax falls. In exultation she cries that her mother is avenged. Di Luna has killed his own brother.

 


Sinópsis

 

Antes de comenzar la ópera

La ópera se sitúa en el siglo XV en España, en tiempos de la guerra civil. Su regidor actual, el Príncipe de Aragón está en batalla contra las fuerzas del Príncipe de Urgel para apoderarse de su trono. El Conde de Luna, un líder que apoya al Príncipe de Aragón, está enamorado de Leonora, dama de compañía de la Princesa de Aragón.

Acto I "El Duelo"

Ferrnado, capitán de la guardia comandada por el Conde de Luna, les cuenta una historia a sus hombres. Hace muchos años, cuando el Conde era aún un niño, una vieja Gitana fué sorprendida de pie al lado de la cuna de su hermano Grazia que era aún un bebé. Cuando el niño cayó enfermo, todos pensaron que la Gitana lo había hechizado y esta fué perseguida y quemada en la hoguera. La hija de la Gitana, Azucena, vengó la muerte de su madre secuestrando a Grazia. Más tarde, el cadáver de un niño quemado a medias fué encontrado justo en el mismo lugar donde la Gitana había sido ejecutada. 

Leonora, caminando en su jardín acompañada de su amiga Inez, le confiesa su amor por un caballero misterioso que ha venido a darle serenata por la noche. En la obscuridad, Leonora escucha su voz y se apresura para encontrarse con él, solo para caer en los brazos del Conde. El trovador misterioso sale de las sombras, identificándose como Manrico. El Conde de Luna reta su rival a enfrentarse a duelo.

Acto II "La Gitana"

Al amanecer en las Montañas de Vizcaya, una banda de gitanos cantan mientras trabajan. Como si estuviera en trance, Azucena cuenta la terrible historia de la ejecución de su madre. Su hijo, Manrico, debil por las heridas que recibió en batalla, pide escuchar la historia completa. Azucena describe como secuestró a Grazia e intentó tirarlo a las flamas, pero en su delirio, lanzó a su propio hijo al fuego en lugar de este. Horrorizado, Manrico pregunta si es él su hijo. Un mensajero trae noticias de que Leonora cree que el trovador está muerto y planea entrar a un convento. A pesar de los ruegos de Azucena, Manrico se va apresuradamente. 

De Luna, consumido por la pasión que siente por Leonora, espera cerca del claustro planeando secuestrarla antes de que tome los votos. Cuando ella entra con un grupo de monjas, De Luna se aproxima solo para ser interrumpido por Manrico quien aparece de improviso con sus hombres. Mientras las fuerzas forcejean, los amantes escapan felizmente. 

INTERMEDIO

Acto III "El hijo de la Gitana"

De Luna ha acampado cerca del muro de Castellar donde Manrico está con Leonora. Ferrando lleva a Azucena, quien ha sido capturada al estar espiando por ahí. La Gitana afirma que solo había estado en busca de su hijo. De Luna revela su identidad. Azucena retrocede y Ferrando la reconoce y la arrastra hasta la hoguera por órdenes del Conde. 

Dentro del Castillo, Manrico le asegura a Leonora que su amor lo hace invencible y que conquistará al ejército de De Luna. Mientras la pareja se prepara para dirijirse a la capilla para efectuar su matrimonio, Ruiz, un amigo de Manrico, entra de súbito para reportar que Azucena ha sido ya atada a la hoguera. Proclamando salvar a su madre, Manrico jura vengarse de Di Luna. 

Acto VI "La tortura"

Ruiz trae a Leonora a la torre en el Palacio de Aljafería, donde De Luna ha hecho prisioneros a Manrico y a Azucena. Cuando De Luna aparece, Leonora acepta ceder a los deseos de este para poder salvar a Manrico. El Conde sorprendido acepta el convenio y va a informarle al guardia. Durante su ausencia, Leonora toma un veneno que tenía guardado en un anillo. 

En su celda, Manrico consuela a Azucena. Leonora corre a decirle a su amante que lo ha salvado rogándole que huya. Cuando se entera de que Leonora se le ha ofrecido a De Luna a cambio de su vida, Manrico maldice su infidelidad. Sin embargo, el veneno comienza a hacer efecto y cuando se da cuenta de lo que ella ha hecho por su bien, Manrico la toma entre sus brazos mientras ella muere. Engañado por su presa, De Luna furioso, manda a Manrico a la guillotina, forzando a Azucena a observar el hacha caer. En exultación ella grita que su madre ha sido vengada. De Luna ha matado a su propio hermano.

Cast/Creative Team

Cast

Tamara Wilson***
Leonora

Marco Berti
Manrico

Dolora Zajick
Azucena

Tómas Tómasson
Count di Luna

Peixin Chen**
Ferrando

Creative Team

Patrick Summers
Conductor

Stephen Lawless
Director

Daniel Rigazzi*
Associate Director

Benoit Dugardyn
Set Designer

Martin Pakledinaz
Costume Designer

Michael James Clark
Lighting Designer

Richard Bado***
Chorus Master

Brian Byrnes
Fight Director

Houston Grand Opera
Orchestra
Chorus


* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist

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Giuseppe Verdi's Il trovatore
Sung in Italian with projected English translation

Apr. 26, 2013 - 7:30 p.m. | Apr. 28, 2013 - 2 p.m. | May 1, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.
May 4, 2013 - 7:30 p.m. | May 8, 2013 - 7: 30 p.m. | May 11, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.

Revenge and passion on a monumental scale: this is grand opera! Verdi's music illuminates this story with passionate dance rhythms to great theatrical effect. The score is expressive—melodies arrive in quick succession, each more stirring than the last. The result is an unerring melodrama that grips us with intense power. One of the grandest of all grand operas—not to be missed!

Production co-owned by Los Angeles Opera and Washington National Opera
Photo credit: Brett Coomer

Premier Guarantor: The General and Mrs. Maurice Hirsch Opera Fund

Before the Opera Begins

The opera is set in fifteenth-century Spain, a period of civil war. The present ruler, the Prince of Aragon, is battling the forces of the Prince of Urgel to hold onto the throne. Count di Luna, a leading supporter of the Prince of Aragon, is in love with Leonora, lady-in-waiting to the Princess of Aragon.

Act I, “The Duel”

Ferrando, captain of the guard commanded by Count di Luna, tells his men a story. Many years ago, when the Count was still a child, an old Gypsy was caught standing over the cradle of his baby brother, Garzia. When the baby grew ill, it was thought the Gypsy had bewitched him, and she was hunted down and burned at the stake. The Gypsy's daughter, Azucena, avenged her mother's death by kidnapping Garzia. Later, the half-burnt skeleton of a child was found on the same spot where the old Gypsy had been executed.

Leonora, walking in her garden with her friend Inez, confides her love for a mysterious knight who has come to serenade her at night. In the darkness, Leonora hears his voice and rushes to meet him, only to find herself in the arms of the Count. The mysterious troubadour steps out of the shadows, identifying himself as Manrico. Count di Luna challenges his rival to a duel.

Act II, “The Gypsy”

As dawn breaks in the Biscay Mountains, a band of Gypsies sing as they work. As if in a trance, Azucena describes her mother's fiery execution. Her son, Manrico, weak from wounds sustained in battle, asks to hear the full story. Azucena describes how she stole Garzia and intended to throw him into the flames, but in her delirium, she hurled her own son into the fire instead. Horrified, Manrico questions whether he is indeed her son. A messenger brings news that Leonora believes the troubadour is dead and plans to enter a convent. Despite Azucena's entreaties, Manrico rushes away.

Di Luna, consumed with passion for Leonora, waits by the cloister planning to kidnap her before she takes her vows. When she enters with a group of nuns, he strides forward, only to be halted by Manrico, who suddenly appears with his men. As the two forces struggle, the lovers joyfully escape.

INTERMISSION

Act III, “The Gypsy's Son”

Di Luna has pitched camp near the bastion of Castellor, where Manrico has taken Leonora. Ferrando leads in Azucena, who was captured lurking nearby. The Gypsy says she is only searching for her son. Di Luna reveals his identity, at which Azucena recoils and is recognized by Ferrando, who drags her to the stake by order of the Count.

Inside the castle, Manrico assures Leonora that her love makes him invincible and that Di Luna's army will be conquered. As the couple prepares to go to the wedding chapel, Manrico's friend Ruiz bursts in to report that Azucena has been tied to the stake. Proclaiming that he will save his mother, Manrico vows vengeance on Di Luna.

Act IV, “The Torture”

Ruiz brings Leonora to the tower at the Aliaferia Palace, where Di Luna has imprisoned Manrico and Azucena. When Di Luna appears, Leonora agrees to yield to him in order to save Manrico. The astonished Count accepts the bargain and goes to inform the guard. During his absence, Leonora swallows poison that she has concealed in a ring.

In their cell, Manrico comforts Azucena. Leonora rushes in to tell her lover he is saved, urging him to flee. When he learns she has offered herself to Di Luna in exchange for his life, Manrico curses her faithlessness. The poison begins to take effect, however, and realizing what she has done for his sake, Manrico takes her into his arms as she dies. Cheated of his prize, Di Luna furiously sends Manrico to the executioner's block, forcing Azucena to watch as the ax falls. In exultation she cries that her mother is avenged. Di Luna has killed his own brother.

 


Sinópsis

 

Antes de comenzar la ópera

La ópera se sitúa en el siglo XV en España, en tiempos de la guerra civil. Su regidor actual, el Príncipe de Aragón está en batalla contra las fuerzas del Príncipe de Urgel para apoderarse de su trono. El Conde de Luna, un líder que apoya al Príncipe de Aragón, está enamorado de Leonora, dama de compañía de la Princesa de Aragón.

Acto I "El Duelo"

Ferrnado, capitán de la guardia comandada por el Conde de Luna, les cuenta una historia a sus hombres. Hace muchos años, cuando el Conde era aún un niño, una vieja Gitana fué sorprendida de pie al lado de la cuna de su hermano Grazia que era aún un bebé. Cuando el niño cayó enfermo, todos pensaron que la Gitana lo había hechizado y esta fué perseguida y quemada en la hoguera. La hija de la Gitana, Azucena, vengó la muerte de su madre secuestrando a Grazia. Más tarde, el cadáver de un niño quemado a medias fué encontrado justo en el mismo lugar donde la Gitana había sido ejecutada. 

Leonora, caminando en su jardín acompañada de su amiga Inez, le confiesa su amor por un caballero misterioso que ha venido a darle serenata por la noche. En la obscuridad, Leonora escucha su voz y se apresura para encontrarse con él, solo para caer en los brazos del Conde. El trovador misterioso sale de las sombras, identificándose como Manrico. El Conde de Luna reta su rival a enfrentarse a duelo.

Acto II "La Gitana"

Al amanecer en las Montañas de Vizcaya, una banda de gitanos cantan mientras trabajan. Como si estuviera en trance, Azucena cuenta la terrible historia de la ejecución de su madre. Su hijo, Manrico, debil por las heridas que recibió en batalla, pide escuchar la historia completa. Azucena describe como secuestró a Grazia e intentó tirarlo a las flamas, pero en su delirio, lanzó a su propio hijo al fuego en lugar de este. Horrorizado, Manrico pregunta si es él su hijo. Un mensajero trae noticias de que Leonora cree que el trovador está muerto y planea entrar a un convento. A pesar de los ruegos de Azucena, Manrico se va apresuradamente. 

De Luna, consumido por la pasión que siente por Leonora, espera cerca del claustro planeando secuestrarla antes de que tome los votos. Cuando ella entra con un grupo de monjas, De Luna se aproxima solo para ser interrumpido por Manrico quien aparece de improviso con sus hombres. Mientras las fuerzas forcejean, los amantes escapan felizmente. 

INTERMEDIO

Acto III "El hijo de la Gitana"

De Luna ha acampado cerca del muro de Castellar donde Manrico está con Leonora. Ferrando lleva a Azucena, quien ha sido capturada al estar espiando por ahí. La Gitana afirma que solo había estado en busca de su hijo. De Luna revela su identidad. Azucena retrocede y Ferrando la reconoce y la arrastra hasta la hoguera por órdenes del Conde. 

Dentro del Castillo, Manrico le asegura a Leonora que su amor lo hace invencible y que conquistará al ejército de De Luna. Mientras la pareja se prepara para dirijirse a la capilla para efectuar su matrimonio, Ruiz, un amigo de Manrico, entra de súbito para reportar que Azucena ha sido ya atada a la hoguera. Proclamando salvar a su madre, Manrico jura vengarse de Di Luna. 

Acto VI "La tortura"

Ruiz trae a Leonora a la torre en el Palacio de Aljafería, donde De Luna ha hecho prisioneros a Manrico y a Azucena. Cuando De Luna aparece, Leonora acepta ceder a los deseos de este para poder salvar a Manrico. El Conde sorprendido acepta el convenio y va a informarle al guardia. Durante su ausencia, Leonora toma un veneno que tenía guardado en un anillo. 

En su celda, Manrico consuela a Azucena. Leonora corre a decirle a su amante que lo ha salvado rogándole que huya. Cuando se entera de que Leonora se le ha ofrecido a De Luna a cambio de su vida, Manrico maldice su infidelidad. Sin embargo, el veneno comienza a hacer efecto y cuando se da cuenta de lo que ella ha hecho por su bien, Manrico la toma entre sus brazos mientras ella muere. Engañado por su presa, De Luna furioso, manda a Manrico a la guillotina, forzando a Azucena a observar el hacha caer. En exultación ella grita que su madre ha sido vengada. De Luna ha matado a su propio hermano.

Cast

Tamara Wilson***
Leonora

Marco Berti
Manrico

Dolora Zajick
Azucena

Tómas Tómasson
Count di Luna

Peixin Chen**
Ferrando

Creative Team

Patrick Summers
Conductor

Stephen Lawless
Director

Daniel Rigazzi*
Associate Director

Benoit Dugardyn
Set Designer

Martin Pakledinaz
Costume Designer

Michael James Clark
Lighting Designer

Richard Bado***
Chorus Master

Brian Byrnes
Fight Director

Houston Grand Opera
Orchestra
Chorus


* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist

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To give by phone or for more information, contact Rebecca Kier at 713-546-0252 or rkier@houstongrandopera.org.

To submit your gift by mail, please use this form.

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We can’t do it without you; please consider making a gift today!

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