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Verdi: Il Trovatore / Farnes, Royal Opera House

Release Date: 07/27/2018 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 1262  
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Vitaliy BilyyGregory KundeAnita RachvelishviliLianna Haroutounian,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Farnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House OrchestraRoyal Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Verdi’s opera of passion, blood, fire and vengeance comes to the stage in an atmospheric production by David Bosch. A quartet of world-class singers bring the principal characters of this searing opera to life. Gregory Kunde stars as the troubadour Manrico, with Lianna Haroutounian as his courageous lover Leonora. Vitaliy Bilyy is the tyrannical Count di Luna, the man who wants Leonora for himself, and Anita Rachvelishvili is Azucena, the mysterious gypsy woman unable to reveal the secret that torments her. Richard Farnes conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and Royal Opera Chorus in this exploration of love, cruelty, intense
Read more passion and revenge. "The evening’s musical credentials are unequivocally outstanding. The soloists are very strong with two performances standing out in particular. The first comes from Vitaliy Bilyy who is making his Royal Opera debut as the Count di Lunaand who combines a deep, rich and secure baritone with a suitably commanding presence.... The second comes from Anita Rachvelishvili as Azucena who displays a rich and nuanced mezzo-soprano, and whose voice and acting mark out the weight of sorrow and resolve that she constantly carries...." (Opera Online)
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Works on This Recording

Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Vitaliy Bilyy (Baritone), Gregory Kunde (Tenor), Anita Rachvelishvili (Mezzo Soprano),
Lianna Haroutounian (Soprano), Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Baritone), Francesca Chiejina (Soprano),
Samuel Sakker (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Farnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Orchestra,  Royal Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 

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