Royal Opera

Il Trovatore

In Cinemas 8, 9 & 12 Jul 2023
Antonio Pappano
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Rachel Willis-Sørensen (Leonora), Riccardo Massi (Manrico), Ludovic Tézier (Count di Luna), Jamie Barton (Azucena), Roberto Tagliavini (Ferrando), Gabriele Kupsyte (Ines), Michael Gibson (Ruiz)
Giuseppe Verdi
Adele Thomas
Set Design
Annemarie Woods
3h10 including an interval
Sung in Italian, with English subtitles
Captured live from Covent Garden, London, 13 Jun 2023
Official Event Listing
  • A resounding success. Thomas's production is convincing; it is like a medieval fairy tale, with strong gothic overtones, based on beliefs on magic and the supernatural. It works.
    Laura Servidei, BACHTRACK
    Razor-sharp. Adele Thomas’s visually arresting production mixes levity with tragedy, as fervent orchestral play is matched by expressive singing from a fine cast.
    Erica Jeal, THE GUARDIAN

Opera in four acts (1853)

New Production! A devastating curse rises from the ashes in Verdi’s monumental tale of superstition and rivalry. 

Olivier Award-winning director Adele Thomas’s energetic new staging, a co-production with Opernhaus Zürich, sets the story in a Hieronymus Bosch-inspired universe of medieval superstition, where passions run high as Manrico (Riccardo Massi) and the Count di Luna (Ludovic Tézier) compete for the affections of Leonora (American soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen). Little do they know, Manrico’s mother Azucena (Jamie Barton) has been keeping a terrible secret for decades. Soon a curse from the past will rise from the ashes with devastating implications for them all.

On the podium, Antonio Pappano conducts the exceptional dramatic score, which features the famous ‘Anvil’ chorus.

Please note programme change: the previously billed Yusif Eyvazov and Marina Rebeka were both forced to withdraw from this performance. [updated 13 Jun 23]

Attention Barracks patrons - the commencement time of Wednesday's screening has been adjusted from 11.00am to 12.30pm due to venue maintenance works. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience. (updated Fri 30 Jun)