The imposing grandeur of the Arena di Verona is the setting for Il Trovatore, one of Giuseppe Verdi's greatest masterpieces, with stage designs by the distinguished sculptor Mario Ceroli. For many years Il Trovatore has been an opera of worldwide popularity and the cast in this production is worthy of the opera's perennial success.
It features the talents of the British soprano Rosalind Plowright in her Verona debut, a wealth of vocal experience from Fiorenza Cossotto as Azucena, matched with Giorgio Zancanaro's strong portrayal of the Count and Franco Bonisolli in fine voice as Manrico, the troubadour.
"Zancanaro is unreservedly fine, full of voice, round of tone and musical in his phrasing. this recording will provide future generations with a memento of a typical mid-nineties production with some singers who were noted for these roles at the time, so it has documentary value at least. And it should provide opera lovers with a fair amount of pleasure…" - Christopher Howell, Music Web international
Fiorenza Cossotto Rosalind Plowright Giorgio Zancanaro Franco Bonisolli
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Reynald Giovaninetti
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