International superstars Anita Rachvelishvili, Lianna Haroutounian, Vitaliy Bilyy and Gregory Kunde lead a superb cast of world-class singers in the first revival of David Bösch’s new production of Verdi's searing tragic opera.
This atmospheric and poetic staging sets the story against the backdrop of war. Fire and snow in the landscape echo the cruelty and love of the story: soldiers and gypsies clash, a mother reveals a terrible secret and two men are engaged in a deadly fight for one woman. Verdi’s exceptionally fine music captures the shifting emotions of the drama through impassioned love duets, fiery solos and stirring choruses. Richard Farnes conducts.
Please note programme change: Ukranian baritone Vitaliy Bilyy will make his Royal Opera debut as Count di Luna, having previously sung the role for the Metropolitan Opera; Opéra National de Paris and Bavarian State Opera. He replaces the originally billed Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky who withdrew due to illness.