Friday & Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 2 pm
New Century Opera, Executive and Artistic Director Constantine Grame, presents
Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi
(Sung in English)
Verdi already was the most famous Italian composer of his day when he set to music the play El trovador (The Troubadour) by Spanish romantic playwright Antonio Garcia Gutierrez (1813–1884). The opera features an array of colorful characters: Leonora, a lady in waiting to the queen; Inez, her attendant, Manrico, an officer in an army opposed to Count di Luna, a nobleman; Azucena, a gypsy, along with various soldiers, nuns, gypsies, attendants and jailers. The plot is a little confusing, but the opera features a lot of glorious music including “The Anvil Chorus” complete with sparks flashing. The evening of the first performance in Rome the Tiber overflowed its banks. In spite of the mud and water, the theater was jammed and the performance a triumph. The audience demanded that almost every aria be repeated and the opera has remained a staple of the repertoire for over 150 years.
PERFORMING ARTS CENTER • $22, $18 Members & Students
Complimentary opening night reception for ticket holders hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, Artist Faire Gallery, 111 E. Tarpon Ave. 6:30 pm