Il trovatore

Àlex Ollé's production draws inspiration from the First World War

Leonora and Manrico are a quintessentially free and idealistic couple doomed by the jealousy and threats of a powerful man. The sadistically vindictive Count de Luna has one weakness – his obsession for Leonora – while the mysterious Azucena guards a secret which will destroy them all when her scheming turns Leonora into an immortal heroine destined to be sacrificed.  The cogs of the drama and the psychological depth, underscored by the radiant, expansive music brimming with imagination, make Il trovatore one of the highlights of the repertory.  Sincerity and purity are the salient traits of Leonora, who is played by Saioa Hernández and Hibla Gerzmava.

Vittorio Grigolo, Juan Jesús Rodríguez and Ksenia Dudnikova complete the cast of this tale of love and revenge set in 15th-century Aragon, in which the characters become the victims of the gypsy Azucena's pathological delusions.

Àlex Ollé's production, made for the Opéra de Paris, draws inspiration from the First World War, depicting the consequences of a fratricidal conflict in which irrational acts leave no room for reflection. In this gruelling trench warfare, human beings are abstract, phantasmagorical characters steeped in hatred.

A star-studded cast will perform this tragedy, premiered in Rome in 1853 (and at the Liceu in 1854), in which Verdi shows us the weight of the past and the impossibility of escaping it. In this era of anti-racist movements fuelled by the death of George Floyd, this exotic, 19th-century view of minorities serves to denounce the underlying stereotypes which have forged our own gaze. For this is the true vendetta of the tale: “Sei vendicata, o madre!” (You are vindicated, mother!)

With the collaboration of:

Il trovatore
Opera in four acts
Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano and Emanuele Bardare 
World premiere: 19/1/1853 at the Teatro Apollo in Rome
Barcelona premiere: 20/5/1854 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Last Liceu performance: 4/10/2020, in concert version
Total number of Liceu performances: 286 

  • Approximate running time 2h 50m
    • First part 1h 12m
    • Interval 30m
    • Second part 1h 4m

Artistic profile

Stage director
Àlex Ollé
Set design
Alfons Flores
Costume design
Lluc Castells
Costume design assistant
Jose Novoa
Opéra National de Paris and Dutch National Opera (Amsterdam)


COUNT DI LUNAJuan Jesús Rodríguez27th,30th October and 2th,5th,7th November
Àngel Òdena28th,31th October and 3th,6th,8th November
LEONORASaioa Hernández27th,30th October and 2th,5th,7th November
Hibla Gerzmava28th,31th October and 3th,6th,8th November
AZUCENAKsenia Dudnikova27th,30th October and 2th,5th,7th November
Judit Kutasi28th,31th October and 3th,6th,8th November
MANRICOVittorio Grigolo27th,30th October and 2th,5th,7th November
Yonghoon Lee28th,31th October and 3th,6th,8th November
FERRANDOGianluca Buratto27th,30th October and 2th,5th,7th November
Krzysztof Baczyk28th,31th October and 3th,6th,8th November
INESMaria Zapata
RUIZAntoni Lliteres
Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Pablo Assante, conductor)
Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Riccardo Frizza

October 2022

27Thursday19:00Turn B
28Friday19:00Turn D
30Sunday18:00Turn F
31Monday19:00Turn PC

November 2022

2Wednesday19:00Turn G
3Thursday19:00Turn P
5Saturday19:00Turn C
6Sunday17:00Turn T
7Monday19:00Turn A
8Tuesday19:00Turn HAD

Programa de mà

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La prèvia

La prèvia és un podcast del Gran Teatre del Liceu. En aquest capítol parlem de Il trovatore, una òpera de Verdi dirigida per Àlex Ollé. Produït per 93 metros amb guió de Javier Blánquez.


Selecció musical de l'òpera Il trovatore, a càrrec de Víctor Garcia de Gomar, director artístic del Liceu.


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Information of Interest

Cronologia liceísta 

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