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Il Trovatore
Anvil Chorus (Rock Band arrangement)

Il Trovatore

Story & Setting:

While the plot of Il Trovatore is complicated to the point of implausibility, the story’s overall message is an effective overview of the nature of human intentions. A typical mix of hidden identities, political plots, and poison bring the complex story to a tragic conclusion. This Met production updates the traditional 15th Century setting to the turbulent years of the Napoleonic wars in Spain.

Opera Notes:

Verdi’s penchant for extreme drama and brilliant vocalism are on full display in this opera, which was composed in the same period as Rigoletto and La Traviata. The composer had initially called the opera La Zingara (The Gypsy) as he considered Azucena the most compelling character in the opera, and indeed her scenes are showstoppers. Despite the convoluted plot, this opera remains a perennial favorite, thanks in part to its imminently memorable melodies and characters, and over-the-top drama.

Sung in



3 hours

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)


Anvil Chorus

Met Opera (current production)

"Vivrà! contende il giubilo" (Anna Netrebko & Dmitri Hvorostovsky)

Met Opera (current production)

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