- Bocelli: Verdi "Il Trovatore"
Following his complete recordings of two of the greatest operas of
Puccini - La Bohème and Tosca - superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli has
now recorded his first complete opera by Verdi - probably the
most important opera composer of all time.
- Il Trovatore is one of Verdi's
masterpieces - a powerful story of fiery passion and revenge set
against the dark and dramatic backdrop of Fifteenth Century Spain.
Il Trovatore is packed with many of Verdi's greatest tunes including
the hugely popular 'Anvil Chorus'.
- Andrea Bocelli has already had great
success with one of the most famous arias from this opera - Di
quella pira - which he sings on his massively successful album of
- Joining Andrea for this recording
are three outstanding Verdi specialists - soprano Veronica Villaroel
(a leading singer of the role of Leonora in many of the world's
great opera houses), dramatic mezzo-soprano Elena Zaremba as the
vengeful gypsy Azucena and baritone Carlo Guelfi as the tormented
Count whose love for Leonora is thwarted by the mysterious, heroic
troubadour Manrico, sung by Andrea Bocelli.
- The performance, with the Orchestra
e Coro del Teatro Massimo Bellini di Catania, is conducted by Steven
Mercurio. (by courtesy of Universal Classics Germany)