"You may have seen this opera before. And you may see it again. But you probably won’t ever see it performed as well." Robert Harris, Globe and Mail.
The reviews are in and Il Trovatore is a hit! But the final two performances of our production of Verdi's masterwork are October 28 and 31. If you haven't seen Il Trovatore or are thinking of seeing it again, here are the top four reasons you should catch it before it's gone. Don't miss out!
1. Catch Elza van den Heever as Leonora one last time before her Metropolitan Opera debut as Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda.
"Her performance as the piece’s tragic heroine, beloved of two brothers who are also sworn enemies, hit all of the emotional touchstones the part requires: vulnerability, ecstatic love and heart-rending despair.
From the opening notes of “Tacea la notte placida,” it was obvious we were in the hands of a singer for whom delicacy and power are not mutually exclusive." - Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star.
2. Don't miss Italian spinto tenor Riccardo Massi make his role debut as Manrico.
The young up-and-coming tenor has sung professionally for just three short years but has already graced the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Glyndebourne, Teatro Regio di Torino and the Teatro Colon. Watch a video of Massi performing "E lucevan le stelle" from Tosca here.
3. Experience Russell Braun's esteemed performance as the misunderstood Conte di Luna.
"Canadian Russell Braun’s Conte di Luna was a bit of perfection. Braun not only sang his part with an effortless stream of perfectly modulated sound, he worked hard to try and turn di Luna from something of a cardboard character into a real personality whose obsessional motivations, of both love and revenge, had meaning." - Robert Harris, Globe and Mail.
4. Spend one last night under the dramatic spell of Elena Manistina in the role of the vengeful gypsy Azucena!
"As Azucena, Russian Elena Manistina has a huge, rich, ringing dramatic mezzo, a voice with plenty of squillo. She was impressive in every sense of the word. Her voice is the genuine article." - Joseph So, La Scena Musicale.
Watch our montage video for a preview of Il Trovatore.
Read more about Il Trovatore!
You may never see Il Trovatore like this again! - A blog post highlighting some of the most exciting coverage of our production, featuring reviews and tweets about the performance.
Raise your voice, raise your game - Watch a short video of a rehearsal of Il Trovatore featuring Russell Braun, Elza van den Heever and Ramón Vargas.
Il Trovatore's Star Quartet - Read about the five leads in our production and their perspectives on each of their roles.
Introduction to Il Trovatore - Discover the history behind the opera and some of the best musical moments.
COC’s Trovatore surpasses the libretto’s limits - Robert Harris of the Globe and Mail raves about Il Trovatore!
Photos: (top) Elza van den Heever as Leonora and Ramón Vargas as Manrico by Michael Cooper; (middle) Elza van den Heever as Leonora by Michael Cooper; (middle)Riccardo Massi as Cavaradossi and Amanda Echalez Cooper as Tosca in the Salzburger Landestheater production of Tosca, photo by Christian Schneider; (middle) Russell Braun as Conte di Luna by Michael Cooper; (bottom) Ramón Vargas as Manrico and Elena Manistina as Azucena by Michael Cooper.
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001