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‘A dark and cruel opera. But there is hope': Finding the light in ll trovatore (The Royal Opera)

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Director David Bösch is joined by members of the cast and creative team including stars Gianandrea Noseda and Francesco Meli. Find out more: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/il-trovatore-by-david-bosch Verdi wrote Il trovatore hot on the heels of Rigoletto, and its premiere came a scant two months before that of La traviata. But Il trovatore, while no less popular than its neighbours, is quite different. Verdi himself had suggested the source material, Antonio García Gutiérrez’s play El trovador (1836), to his librettist Salvatore Cammarano. He encouraged Cammarano to pursue the same cross-genre developments Verdi had introduced in Rigoletto, writing in an early letter ‘if the entire opera were, let’s say, a single piece, I would find it more reasonable and just’. As it happens, the end result is highly formal in structure, and seems to look back before the innovations of Rigoletto – but audiences since the opera’s premiere have been captivated by its great dramatic concision and energy.