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Verdi's 'Il Trovatore' earns fans at the Met24 Dec 2012 9:29 AM
In addition to its wealth of renowned art museums, luxury Manhattan townhouses and fine restaurants, The Big Apple maintains a reputation as one of the world's classiest cities with another bastion of high culture: opera. In fact, the city's main opera company, The Metropolitan Opera, is often considered one of the world's premier opera purveyors and is also North America's largest classical music organization.
Throughout the year, the Met puts on many performances that attract the attention of the opera-loving world. Next year appears to be no different, as the company's opening show has already generated significant buzz within the opera community.
Il Trovatore, one of Giuseppe Verdi's most cherished productions, will be running at the Metropolitan Opera House through January 24. This run of shows is actually a return for the engaging opera, as it has been a popular production in the venue at several points in the past.
However, this incarnation may be one of the finest to date, according to The Associated Press. An electric cast featuring performers at various points in their careers helps keep this production enthralling and exciting. Powerful vocal performances and an expertly led orchestra ensure that even the most seasoned opera fans will find this production a modern classic.
Critic Zachary Woolfe from The New York Times said the current production is "rousing, satisfying, truly fun," in which all of the artistic elements - music, acting and direction - "came together, however unexpectedly, in a fabulous 'Trovatore.'"