Greek National Opera

Il Trovatore
by Giuseppe Verdi

The 2016-2017 season will come to a close with the second big Greek National Opera production to be held at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus: Giuseppe Verdi’s masterwork Il Trovatore, one of his most popular operas. By far the most iconic melodrama of Romanticism, this opera is immortalized through its melodious and dynamic music, its passionate arias and duets, and its famous choral parts. The plot moves back and forth between heat and cold, between its four main characters burning with passion, and the moon casting its cold light on extreme situations. The libretto and music seemingly epitomize tropes and stereotypes commonly associated with operas. The plot is full of twists: two brothers, unaware of their relation to each other, fall in love with the same woman. A Gypsy woman is the key character in the story. She throws a baby into the flames to avenge her mother’s wrongful death; this child is, mistakenly, her own. This spectacular production was first presented at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus back in summer of 2012, with Stefano Poda in charge of the direction, scenery, costumes, and lighting, and met with great success. A “singers’ opera” par excellence, Il Trovatore requires top-notch performers in the main roles. This Greek National Opera production features some of the most highly acclaimed opera singers in the world, such as Piero Pretti / Walter Fraccaro (Manrico), Cellia Costea (Leonora), Elena Manistina (Azucena), Dimitri Platanias / Dimitris Tiliakos (Count di Luna), and Tasos Apostolou (Ferrando).

In Italian, with Greek and English surtitles