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Arts Calendar / March 29 / Opera
19:00 Il Trovatore
Opera in concert performance by Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano based on the play by Antonio Garc?a Gutierrez. Music Director: Jordi Bernacer. Conductor: Filipp Selivanov. Chief Chorus Master: Valery Borisov. Sung in Italian with Russian surtitles. Ferrando, the captain of the guards, orders his men to keep watch while Count di Luna wanders restlessly beneath the windows of Leonora, lady-in-waiting to the Princess. Di Luna loves Leonora and is jealous of his successful rival, a troubadour whose identity he does not know. In order to keep the guards awake, Ferrando narrates the history of the count (Aria: Di due figli vivea padre beato / “The good Count di Luna lived happily, the father of two sons”): many years ago, a gypsy was wrongfully accused of having bewitched the youngest of the di Luna children; the child had fallen sick and for this the gypsy had been burnt alive as a witch, her protests of innocence ignored. Dying, she had commanded her daughter Azucena to avenge her, which she did by abducting the baby. Although the burnt bones of a child were found in the ashes of the pyre, the father refused to believe in his son’s death; dying, he commanded his firstborn, the new Count di Luna, to seek Azucena...
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