About the film
Runtime: 173 mins
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Actors: Anna Netrebko, Yusif EyvazovMaking her debut at the Verona Arena, the world’s largest open-air theatre, Anna Netrebko leads a superb cast for the late Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Verdi’s searing masterpiece, captured live at the 97th Opera Festival. Together with Rigoletto and La Traviata, Il Trovatore ('The Troubadour') forms what is commonly known as Verdi’s "popular trilogy". His favourite themes of destiny and desire are threaded through a tale of star-crossed lovers, Leonora (Netrebko) and Manrico (Yusif Eyvavoz), whose fate is intertwined with Azucena (legendary American mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick), that of the Count di Luna (Luca Salsi) and the gypsy who sets the dramatic events in motion.
Captured live from Arena di Verona, Verona, 29 Jun 2019.
Sung in Italian, with English subtitles.