Opera as opera should be:
a virtuosic and moving total spectacle full of heartbreak, revenge and deceit.
Il trovatore is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi, written on a libretto by Salvatore Cammarano. The work had its world premiere in 1853. The story revolves around the troubadour Manrico and the Count Luna, both of whom are in love with the beautiful Leonora. A dark secret links Manrico and Luna, but it is not until the very end that Manrico's supposed mother, the gypsy woman Azucena, reveals what it is. The ending is tragic.
Odessa Opera of Ukraine brings 120 soloists, choristers and orchestral musicians to perform Verdi's classic. The staging by German director Thilo Reinhardt features sets by Karel Spanhak and costumes by Ulli Kremer.