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NEWS: Jealousy and Revenge Explode onto the Stage at Scottish Opera

Scottish Opera will perform Verdi’s full-blooded and monumentalIl trovatorein a fiery production set to match the grandeur and drama of the music.

Conjuring up the spirit of the Dark Ages, a world rife with superstition and ignorance, this turbulent tale follows an atrocious chain of events set in motion by an accusation of witchcraft. The stark, brooding lines of the set combine with the atmospheric lighting to create a majestic and menacing backdrop for an impressive cast and chorus of 50.

When the infant son of Count di Luna falls ill after a visit from a gypsy woman, she is burned at the stake for witchcraft. Driven by vengeance, her daughter Azucena abducts the child intending to kill him, but, in her delirium, throws her own son onto the fire. Years later, she has brought the Count’s son up as her own and he and his elder brother, unaware of their relationship, are rivals for the beautiful Leonora. Jealousy, revenge, love and hate collide as the opera crashes towards its spectacular conclusion.

Il trovatorefeatures some of the most extraordinary and rousing music ever written for opera which has the power to both engage the audience and ignite the senses. Verdi’s score is packed full of familiar melodies, from the exhilarating Anvil Chorus and Manrico’s energetic ‘Di quella pira’ to the spine-tingling Miserere.

DirectorMartin Lloyd-Evans(The Pirates of Penzance2013) returns to Scottish Opera to take a fresh look at the 2001 production, restaging it to tease out the psychological truth behind the characters’ extreme actions.

The cast boasts some of the UK’s most exceptional singers, including sopranoClaire Rutter, who sings the rôle of Leonora for the first time, having made her debut with Scottish Opera in 1995. Claire has sung ten other Verdi heroines throughout her career and has sung the rôle of Violetta inLa traviata60 times with Scottish Opera alone. In 2014, she captivated audiences as the title character in Scottish Opera’s concert performance of Puccini’sTurandot.

Making his debut with the Company, renowned Welsh tenorGwyn Hughes Jonessings the rôle of Manrico, a rôle that he has previously sung at The Metropolitan Opera, New York. Anne Mason, who has sung at the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and who sang the rôle of Fricka in Scottish Opera’s production ofThe Ring Cyclein 2003, sings the rôle of Azucena.Roland Wood, who sang the rôle of Albert in Scottish Opera’s production ofWertherin 2013 and Oedipus in English National Opera’s production ofThebansin 2014, sings the rôle of Count di Luna. ConductorTobias Ringborg(Così fan tutte2009,Rigoletto2011) makes a welcome return to Scottish Opera.

The show will be accompanied by pre and post show talks as well as touch tours. For more information visit: Scottish Opera

At the Theatre Royal Glasgow from 7th to 17th May then touring

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