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The unbearable tension of a love triangle and the ravings of a mysterious sorceress

Leonora and Manrico are a couple who embody freedom and idealism, a couple doomed by the jealousy of a powerful man. For the one and only weakness of the vengeful, sadistic Count di Luna is Leonora herself and the mysterious sorceress Azucena guards a secret that will destroy them all. Her machinations turn Leonora into an immortal heroine condemned to be sacrificed.

This intricate drama of great psychological depth, underscored by radiant, expansive music which outstretches the imagination, makes Il Trovatore one of the high spots of the repertory.

Sincerity and purity are the defining traits of Leonora, who will be played by Anna Netrebko. Yusif Eyvazov, Ludovic Tézier and Okka von der Damerau complete the royal-flush cast who will bring us this tale of love and vengeance, set in 15th century Aragon, in which the characters fall victim to a gypsy's hallucinations. In this tragedy, premiered in Rome in 1853 and first seen at the Liceu in 1854, Verdi shows us that the past is a burden from which it is impossible to escape.

The movement against racism sparked off by the death of George Floyd has set its seal on our own times. The exoticized view of minorities characteristic of the 19th century which we find in Il Trovatore serves as a denunciation of the underlying stereotypes that have shaped our own viewpoints. Herein lies History's true vendetta: sei vendicata, o madre!

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Artistic profile

Director musical
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
Director of the Chorus
Conxita Garcia


LeonoraAnna Netrebko
ManricoYusif Eyvazov
Di LunaLudovic Tézier
AzucenaOkka von der Damerau
FerrandoDmitry Belosselskiy
InesMercedes Gancedo
RuizNéstor Losán

October 2020