Verdi’s Il Trovatore launches 10th MET Live in HD Season

Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT), partnering with The Met: Live in HD, will present Guiseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore, Saturday, Oct. 3, at 12:55 p.m. The broadcast will run approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission. A complimentary lecture by Dr. James Caplinger from the University of Charleston will start at 12:15 p.m. Tickets are $18 for general admission, $12 for seniors and $10 for children/students. For tickets or more information, contact GVT’s Box Office at 304-645-3838 or visit www. gvtheatre. org.

Il Trovatore stars Anna Netrebko as the heroine Leonora in her long-awaited Met role debut. Dolora Zajick sings her signature role of the mysterious gypsy Azucena, with Yonghoon Lee as Manrico, Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Manrico’s rival Count di Luna, and Stefan Kocan as Ferrando. Marco Armiliato conducts this production, as well as Anna Bolena later this season.

“The soprano Anna Netrebko sang her first Met performance as Leonora, the noblewoman pursued by di Luna but who loves a mysterious troubadour who has been furtively serenading her (who turns out to be Manrico, the leader of the rebel forces). Ms. Netrebko sounded wonderful, singing with plush, penetrating sound and affecting character.” —The New York Times

Verdi’s first production of Il Trovatore premiered in Rome in 1853. Thirty years later, the opera premiered at the Met in its first season. The production was the company’s third opera staged after Gounod’s Faust and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Since the opening, II Trovatore has been staged 637 times at the company.

The 10th Season of The MET: Live in HD continues as follows:

• Otello, Saturday, Oct. 17, at 12:55 p.m.

• Tannhauser, Saturday, Oct. 31, at 12 p.m.

• Lulu, Saturday, Nov. 25, at 12:55 p.m.

• Les Pecheurs de Perles, Saturday, Jan. 16, at 12:55 p.m.

• Turandot, Saturday, Jan. 30, at 12:55 p.m.

• Manon Lescaut, Saturday, Mar. 5, at 12:55 p.m.

• Madama Butterfly, Saturday, Apr. 2, at 12:55 p.m.

• Roberto Deveraux, Saturday, Apr. 2, at 12:55 p.m.

• Elektra, Saturday, Apr. 30, at 12:55 p.m.

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