Michael Morgan, Conductor Robert Tannenbaum, Director
Ferrando: Tom McNichols Inez: Rebecca Sjöwall Leonora: Tiffany Abban Count Di Luna: Marcus Jupither Manrico: Arnold Rawls Azucena: Tichina Vaughn
Ruiz: Theo Lebow
The Sacramento Opera presented Verdi's Il Trovatore at the Community Center Theater. It plays again tomorrow, March 2 at 8:00.
Following the trend of present day opera after Muti omitted the anvils, there were no anvils in the Anvil Chorus and no percussion to replace them. If you insist on anvils, here it is with them:
The film includes some "Stride la vampa" as well. Verdi did not compose anvils.
I digress. When this was announced, I felt somewhat dubious about the whole thing. This opera is very difficult to sing. The cast changed my mind.
Azucena and Count di Luna in particular were well up to the task. Manrico was light for the role but threw off a fabulous high C.
What made a trip to the opera a really wonderful experience was Tiffany Abban, the Leonora of the evening. She was a last minute replacement and was fabulous. The picture above is her. You should go just for her.