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Verdi: Il trovatore DVD (The Royal Opera) 2017

Verdi’s opera of passion, blood, fire and vengeance comes to the stage in an atmospheric production by David Bösch. A quartet of world-class singers bring the principal characters of this searing opera to life. Gregory Kunde stars as the troubadour Manrico, with Lianna Haroutounian as his courageous lover Leonora. Vitaliy Bilyy is the tyrannical Count di Luna, the man who wants Leonora for himself, and Anita Rachvelishvili is Azucena, the mysterious gypsy woman unable to reveal the secret that torments her. Richard Farnes conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and Royal Opera Chorus in this exploration of love, cruelty, intense passion and revenge.

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Manrico: Gregory Kunde
Luna: Vitaliy Bilyy
Azucena: Anita Rachvelishvili
Leonora: Lianna Haroutounian
Ferrando: Alexander Tsymbalyuk
Ines: Francesca Chiejina

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Richard Farnes
Director: David Bösch 
Sets: Patrick Bannwart
Costumes: Meentje Nielsen

Extras: Introduction to Il trovatore; Patrick Bannwart talks about the designs; Cast gallery

Picture: 16:9
Sound: PCM 2.0 / DTS Surround 5.1
Format: NTSC
Region code: All regions
Running time: 140+7 mins
Subtitles: EN,FR,DE,JA,KO
Year: 2017

"Lianna Haroutounian, who deputised so brilliantly for Anja Harteros in Don Carlo a few years back, is a devastatingly powerful Leonora. On grand tragic form throughout, her substantial voice retained its radiance throughout and was still fresh enough for a knockout account of the heroine's final-act set piece, the spectacular 'Tu vedrai che amore in terra', in which the security of her vocal command was a wonder... Conductor Richard Farnes drew some fabulous singing from the Royal Opera Chorus: the women in particular were a credit to their new director William Spaulding in the hushed luminosity of their offstage requiem in the final act."

"The evening’s musical credentials are unequivocally outstanding. The soloists are very strong with two performances standing out in particular. The first comes from Vitaliy Bilyy who is making his Royal Opera debut as the Count di Lunaand who combines a deep, rich and secure baritone with a suitably commanding presence... The second comes from Anita Rachvelishvili as Azucena who displays a rich and nuanced mezzo-soprano, and whose voice and acting mark out the weight of sorrow and resolve that she constantly carries. As Ferrando, Alexander Tsymbalyuk has a full and engaging bass that ensures the evening starts strongly as he explains the backstory in ‘Abbietta zingara’." Opera Online