Arizona Opera presents Il Trovatore by Verdi
Wednesday, February 27 @7pm
Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix.
Tickets are $10 for Adults $5 for students
Reserve tickets in the DMS office no later than Wednesday February the
17th. Leave your name, the number of tickets indicating student or adult,
and leave your payment with Ms.Deb. Tickets will be available for pick-up
by Tuesday, February 16.
Parents may decide appropriateness for their own children, however the
opera may be deemed appropriate for middle school and up.
ACT I. (The Duel) Outside the guardroom of Aliaferia Palace in Aragon,
Count di Luna’s soldiers are waiting to apprehend Manrico, a troubadour,
who rivals the count for the favors of the Lady Leonora. Ferrando, captain
of the guard, keeps his men awake by telling them of a Gypsy woman burned
at the stake years ago for bewitching Di Luna’s younger brother. The
Gypsy’s daughter sought vengeance by kidnaping the child and, so the story
goes, burning him at the very stake where her mother died. Di Luna,
though, still hopes his brother lives.
In the palace gardens, Leonora confides to Inez how at a tournament she
placed the victory wreath on the brow of an unknown knight in black armor;
she saw him no more until he came to serenade her. Though Inez has
misgivings, Leonora declares her love for the handsome stranger. No sooner
do the women reenter the palace than Di Luna arrives to court Leonora.
Simultaneously Manrico’s song is heard in the distance, and Leonora rushes
to greet him. The jealous count challenges Manrico to a duel, and they
ACT II. (The Gypsy) As dawn breaks in the Biscay mountains, Gypsies sing
at work with hammer and anvil. Azucena – the Gypsy’s daughter described by
Ferrando – relives her mother’s fiery execution, recalling the dying
woman’s plea for vengeance. Manrico asks to hear her full story, becoming
confused when Azucena, overwhelmed with memories, blurts out that by
mistake she hurled her own son into the flames. Assuring him of a mother’s
love, Azucena makes Manrico swear revenge, but he says a strange power
stayed his hand when he could have killed Di Luna in the duel. A messenger
brings news that Leonora, thinking Manrico dead, plans to enter a convent.
Despite Azucena’s pleas, Manrico rushes away.
Di Luna, burning with passion for Leonora, waits by the cloister to kidnap
her. When she enters with the nuns, he strides forward, only to be halted
by Manrico, who suddenly appears with his men. As the forces struggle, the
ACT III. (The Gypsy’s Son) Di Luna has pitched camp near the bastion of
Castellor, where Manrico has taken Leonora. After soldiers sing of their
eagerness for victory, Ferrando leads in Azucena, who was found nearby.
The Gypsy describes her poor, lonely life and says she is only searching
for her son. Di Luna reveals his identity, at which Azucena recoils and is
recognized by Ferrando as the supposed murderer of Di Luna’s baby brother.
The count orders her burned at the stake.
Inside the castle, Manrico assures Leonora her love makes him invincible.
As the couple prepares to go to the wedding chapel, Manrico’s aide Ruiz
bursts in to say that Azucena has been seized and tied to a stake. Manrico
stares in horror at the distant pyre, which has been lit. He runs to his
mother’s rescue, vowing vengeance.
ACT IV. (The Torture) Ruiz brings Leonora to the foot of the captured
Manrico’s prison tower, where she voices her undying love and prays for
his release. Monks are heard intoning a doleful Miserere for the soul of
the condemned, while Manrico sings farewell from inside the bastion.
Leonora resolves to save him. When Di Luna appears, Leonora agrees to
yield to him but secretly swallows poison.
In their cell, Manrico comforts Azucena, who longs for their home in the
mountains. No sooner does the old Gypsy fall asleep than Leonora rushes in
to tell her lover he is saved, urging him to flee. Manrico comprehends the
price of his freedom and denounces her, but the poison begins to take
effect. He takes her in his arms as she dies. Furious at being cheated of
his prize, Di Luna sends Manrico to the executioner’s block, while Azucena
staggers to her feet to see the ax fall. She cries out that her mother is
avenged: Di Luna has killed his own brother.