Verdi Il trovatore opera to a libretto by Salvadore Cammarano and Leone Emanuele Bardare. Directed 2012 by Dmitri Tcherniakov at La Monnaie de Mund. Stars Misha Didyk (Manrico), Marina Poplavskaya (Leonora), Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo (Azucena), Scott Hendricks (Il Conte di Luna), and Giovanni Furlanetto (Ferrando). Marc Minkowski conducts the Orchestre symphonique de la Monnaie and the Choeurs de la Monnaie. Set and costume design by Dmitri Tcherniakov. Released 2014, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: Help!
Poor Mike Ashman wrote a 600-word review of this Il trovatore in the February 2015 Gramophone at pages 94-95. Dmitri Tcherniakov's reworking of the libretto was so complete and strange that Ashman was left confused and confounded. Here's the most clear and competent statement Ashman makes in his review: "The Mona Lisa has a moustache on but we've learnt nothing new about her." If you "get" the previous statement, you might like this production of Il trovatore.
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