Giuseppe Verdi’s Passionate Opera Il Trovatore Comes to the Clark Live from the Met

For Immediate Release

April 21, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Giuseppe Verdi’s passionate opera Il Trovatore comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, April 30 at 1:00 pm, live from the Metropolitan Opera as part of the Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning series The Met: Live in HD. James Levine leads this revival of David McVicor’s stirring 2008–09 season production, starring four extraordinary singers—Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky—in what might be the composer’s most melodically rich score.

When a gypsy woman murdered his infant brother, Count di Luna swore revenge. Years later, di Luna is the commander of the Royalist Aragon troops during the Spanish Civil War. He is in love with the young noblewoman Leonora, who in turn is in love with the troubadour Manrico, an officer in the rebel forces. Manrico is also the son of a gypsy, Azucena, who just happens to be the woman di Luna has been hunting all his life. Love, lies, misunderstandings, and betrayal lead to tragic consequences in this haunting opera rich with “the inspired music and the dramatic depths Verdi guides us to” (The New York Times).

Starring opposite tenor Marcelo Álvarez in the title role and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Manrico, the soprano Sondra Radvanovsky “gave an earnest, sympathetic performance” (The New York Times) as the young noblewoman who steals both their hearts. This staging of Il Trovatore, which is visually inspired by Francisco Goya’s series of prints entitled “The Disasters of War,” features stunning sets by Charles Edwards, costumes by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting by Jennifer Tipton, and choreography by Leah Hausman.

The Met: Live in HD series continues with Die Walküre (May 14). The Clark’s soaring acoustics and intimate auditorium offers one of the best performance venues in the region; wine and assorted beverages will be available for purchase during intermission. Tickets are on sale now for $25 ($18 for students). For tickets, call 413 458 0MET (458 0638) or visit clarkart.edu.

The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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April 30: Giuseppe Verdi’s passionate opera Il Trovatore comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, April 30 at 1:00 pm, live from the Metropolitan Opera as part of the Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning series The Met: Live in HD. James Levine leads this revival of David McVicor’s stirring 2008–09 season production, starring four extraordinary singers—Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky—in what might be the composer’s most melodically rich score. The Clark’s soaring acoustics and intimate auditorium offers one of the best performance venues in the region; food and beverages will be available for purchase before and after the performance at the coffee cart. Tickets are on sale now for $25 ($18 for students). For tickets, call 413 458 0MET (458 0638) or visit clarkart.edu. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

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