Music by Giuseppe Verdi, with a libretto by Salvadore Cammarano • March 25, 28, 31 & April 2, 2023
Revenge is a dish best served hot.
Verdi’s Il Trovatore is an epic tale of love and sacrifice, deception and revenge.
Manrico and the Count di Luna, on opposite sides of a civil war in 1400s Spain, don’t know they are actually brothers. Both are in love with Leonora; she loves Manrico and spurns the Count’s advances.
Azucena is the tormented woman who raised Manrico. Years ago, the Count’s father killed Azucena’s mother. Azucena swore to avenge her mother’s death, and will do whatever it takes to punish the Count and his family.
After the Count captures Azucena, Manrico attempts to rescue her. When Manrico himself is then captured, Leonora tells the Count she will give herself to him in exchange for Manrico’s freedom. But Leonora and Azucena each have deadly tricks up their sleeves, and are determined to have the last laughs.
Pittsburgh Opera is proud to present Verdi’s sweeping, majestic opera Il Trovatore for the first time since 1999.
Period production, with scenery from New Orleans Opera and costumes from Sarasota Opera
Conte di Luna: Lester Lynch
Ruiz: Daniel O’Hearn*
Old Gypsy: TBA
Conductor: Antony Walker
Stage Director: Daniel Rigazzi
Scenic Designer: TBA
Costume Designer: TBA
Lighting Designer: TBA
Wig and Make-up Designer: James Geier
Stage Manager: TBA
Assistant Conductor: Glenn Lewis
Chorus Master: Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist: James Lesniak
Assistant Stage Director: Haley Stamats*
+ Pittsburgh Opera debut
* Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist
** Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist alumni
We want you to have the best experience possible at our performances!
- Run time: TBA
- Understand Every Word: Il Trovatore is sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage
- Parking Downtown: get real-time parking availability
- Pre-Opera Talks before each performance
- Braille Programs available at The Benedum Center
- Large-Print Programs available at The Benedum Center
- Children must be ages 6 and up. Suggestions and tips for bringing children to the opera may be found at pittsburghopera.org/FAQ.
- All children must have a ticket. There is a 50% discount for kids and teens ages 6-18.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has implemented new security and bag policies, effective starting October 1, 2016, at the Benedum Center and their other venues.