Next at St. Pete Opera: Il Trovatore

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Sung in Italian with English surtitles.  Read the synopsis.

Sponsored by Claudia McCorkle
Conductor Maestro Mark Sforzini
Stage Director Karl W. Hesser
Costume Design Glenn A. Breed
Set Design Steven K. Mitchell
Lighting Design Keith Arsenault
Fight Director Dan Granke

Verdi’s epic implausible tale of family, love, revenge and death has stunned and awed opera lovers for over a century.

The recipe: four of the most demanding roles ever composed, a gypsy obsessed with avenging her mother who was burned alive for being a sorceress, two men in love with the same woman.  Mix in the “Anvil Chorus” of gypsies singing the praises of hard work, good wine and women.

Karl W. Hesser returns as Stage Director, and Glenn Breed returns as Costume Designer.  Karl- you may recall – directed last year’s Carmen, and Glenn Breed created those magnificent costumes for Abduction from the Seraglio.  We’re also glad to welcome back our lighting designer Keith Arsenault.  Steven K. Mitchell also designed St. Petersburg Opera’s critically-acclaimed set for Susannah. Our fight director from Carmen and La Bohême Dan Granke makes his return.

Speaking of returning to the St. Pete Opera stage, Michael Morrow (Manrico) was our ill-fated Don Jose in Carmen, and the amazing Alexandra Batsios (Leonora) – who performed beautifully as Konstanze in Abduction from the Seraglio –  will light up our stage once again.  You’ll be glad you caught these artists this time around when they’re joined by the remarkable talent of Claudia Chapa (Azucena) and Christopher Clayton (Count di Luna).

THE CHARACTERS
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Count di Luna – a nobleman in the service of the Prince of Aragon
Christopher Clayton
(Rafael Luquis, cover)

Manrico – a troubadour and officer in the army of the Prince of Urgel
Michael Morrow
(Samuel Hall, cover)

Azucena – a gypsy, supposedly Manrico’s mother
Claudia Chapa
(Tara Curtis, cover)

Leonora – noble lady, in love with Manrico and courted by di Luna
Alexandria Batsios
(Claire DiVizio, cover)

Ferrando – di Luna’s officer
Kwangkyu Lee
(Hans Tashjian, cover)

Ines – Leonora’s confidante
Kathleen Buccleugh
(Christina Franco, cover)

Ruiz – Manrico’s henchman
Brandon Evans
(Micah Callahan, cover)

 

Adult Chorus

Read the Director’s Notes.

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