Learn More About Utah Opera’s Production of Il Trovatore!

Learn More About Utah Opera’s Production of Il Trovatore!

Posted by Paula Fowler in Program Notes 09 Oct 2012

Utah Opera’s production of Il Trovatore (The Troubadour) is presently in technical rehearsals at the Capitol Theatre, leading to opening night this coming Saturday, October 13.

Famous opera tenor Enrico Caruso once said that all you need for a great Trovatore – the Verdi opera composed in the same time period as his Rigoletto and Traviata – is the four greatest singers in the world.  When you come to experience this opera, then, expect fantastic singing feats by our four principal opera artists.  Interestingly, though, the most famous music from this opera is probably the Anvil Chorus. Check out this clip from a recent production at the Metropolitan Opera:  click here to see part of the scene.

The Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore

Utah Opera engaged Dr. Paul Dorgan from the University of Utah’s School of Music to create online learning materials about Verdi and his Il Trovatore.  Lessons are available on the following topics:
1.    The Story with Music Examples (watch this for a general overview of the story, and clips to watch of major musical moments)
2.    Naughty Words (the story of Verdi and his librettist wrangling with the Austrian censors about this opera)
3.    Verdi Biography
4.    Trovatore Recordings (descriptions of available audio and visual recordings of Trovatore productions)
5.    The Book of Il Trovatore (a detailed description of how the Spanish play El trovador was transformed into an Italian opera)
6.    The Music of Il Trovatore (a detailed exploration of Verdi’s musical choices, act by act, with forty musical clips)
Click here to access the materials.

The lessons are free, provided by Utah Opera and Dr. Paul Dorgan, with financial assistance from the Utah Humanities Council.

Let us know what you think after you’ve looked at the materials. Our funding partially depends on patron feedback.  There is a survey available at the end of each lesson.

Enjoy learning about Verdi and this opera, and have a wonderful experience at the Capitol Theatre when you attend Utah Opera’s production of Il Trovatore.


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