Dutch National Opera presents

Il trovatore Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

This show was to been seen in October 2015


Duration 2:40

Breaks 1

By Giuseppe Verdi

Language Italian

Surtitles English & Dutch


Giuseppe Verdi
Dramma lirico in quattro parti
Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano and Leone Bardare, after the play El Trovador by S.G. Gutiérrez
World premiere 19 January 1853, Teatro Apollo, Rome


New production
Co-production with Opéra national de Paris and Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
Premiere 8 October 2015

Along with Rigoletto and La traviata, Il trovatore is one of Verdi’s most popular operas. The piece is full of tension, love, bloody revenge, deception and death. In the hands of the renowned directors’ collective La Fura dels Baus, this is bound to be an exciting production.

In short

Two men fight over one woman (Leonora), with a fatal outcome, but actually the main protagonist is the mysterious gypsy Azucena. She is out for bloody revenge. In famous arias, the drama Il trovatore  tells of the battle between two rivals who fight over the same woman. One is the Spanish Count of Aragon and the other is a troubadour who was brought up by the gypsies.

From design to final result; in this video you see how the costumes are made for Il Trovatore.
In the theater, every night is different. See what's happening on and around the stage during Il trovatore.
© Ruth Walz
© Ruth Walz
© Ruth Walz
© Ruth Walz

Àlex Ollé

stage director

ÀLEX OLLÉ (stage director) is one of the six artistic directors of the renowned directors’ collective La Fura dels Baus, founded in 1979.

Maurizio Benini

Musical director

MAURIZIO BENINI (musical director) has been principal conductor with Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Wexford Festival Opera and Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile and a regular guest conductor with Teatro di San Carlo in Napels.

Team, Cast and Chorus

Maurizio Benini
Stage Director 
Àlex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus)
Associate Stage Director 
Valentina Carrasco
Set Designer 
Alfons Flores
Costume Designer 
Lluc Castells
Lighting Designer 
Urs Schönebaum
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Dutch National Opera Chorus
Chorus Master 
Ching-Lien Wu
Il Conte di Luna 
Simone Piazzola
Carmen Giannattasio
Violeta Urmana
Francesco Meli
Roberto Tagliavini
Florieke Beelen
Antonio Lozano
Un vecchio zingaro 
Peter Arink
Un messo 
Richard Prada


In 2014, Àlex Ollé of La Fura dels Baus, directed a powerful, highly acclaimed Faust with Dutch National Opera. The Volkskrant wrote: ‘It was a masterly stroke to entrust this opera to Àlex Ollé.’ Besides the dramatic love story, this version of Il trovatore also puts strong emphasis on the political background.

Energy and finesse
The leading music magazine Gramophone commended the Italian conductor Maurizio Benini for his energy and attention to finesse. He is making his debut with Dutch National Opera, conducting the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.

Main roles
There are two important DNO debuts in the four main roles of Il trovatore: Simone Piazzola (Il conte) and Francesco Meli, who has previously sung the role of Manrico with great success at the Salzburger Festspiele. Carmen Giannattasio (Leonora) has sung Madama Cortese in Il viaggio a Reims with DNO.


Dutch National Opera’s regular orchestra partner is regarded internationally as one of the best opera orchestras. The orchestra gives a varied programme of concerts in the Concertgebouw, as well as performing in various Dutch concert halls and at venues and festivals abroad.

    Tue 13 Oct Bachtrack Il trovatore

    Strangely, this is the first time Dutch National Opera has staged Il trovatore since 1980. Artistic director Pierre Audi even cancelled a planned production when he first started in his position within the company 27 years ago because he felt the soloists were not right. Tonight's four soloists made it worth the long wait.