Saturday 16 July 7:30 PM, Auckland Town Hall
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Giordano Bellincampi
Leonora: Erika Grimaldi
Azucena: Olesya Petrova
Manrico: Gustavo Porta
Ferrando: Petri Lindroos
Conte di Luna: Simone Piazzola
Chorus Director: Claire Caldwell
With the New Zealand Opera Chorus
The Trusts Community Foundation Opera in Concert
Verdi’s Il Trovatore
Spain is racked by civil war. The Conte di Luna courts Leonora, but she is in love with the gypsy troubadour Manrico, a soldier on the opposing side. The Conte’s forces capture Manrico by using his mother, Azucena, as bait. To free her lover, Leonora makes a fatal promise to marry the Conte. But Azucena is haunted by a terrible mistake from decades past. Even for Verdi, Il Trovatore is full of hits: the famous ‘Anvil Chorus’ and ‘Di quella pira’ are just two highlights.
Join Maestro Giordano Bellincampi, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, a stellar cast of international performers and the New Zealand Opera Chorus for this opera of unstoppable dramatic power.