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IL Trovatore (Live): Opera in Movies@Gorey

For One Night Only Thursday, 11th February @ 6.30pm – Book Now

In the aftermath of Rigoletto, Verdi’s sole desire was to do something new. However, he became impatient, angry even, when the project to adapt El Trovador, the play by the Spanish dramatist Antonio García Gutiérrez, aroused only guarded enthusiasm from Salvatore Cammarano, his librettist, and the man to whom Donizetti owed in part the success of Lucia di Lammermoor.
Was it due to the libretto’s inordinately improbable storyline or the illness that would ultimately consume him that the poet left the libretto unfinished? Despite the urgings of the irrepressible Verdi, Cammarano would not yield. Herein lays the paradox of Il Trovatore: in the eyes of its detractors it was the epitome of melodrama and yet the formal constraints imposed by Cammarano fanned the flames of the composer’s passions. Rather than true characters – excepting perhaps Azucena the Gypsy, who guards the secret that will destroy them all – the music portrays almost abstract figures consumed by passion. Originally intended by Verdi to be a secondary role, Leonora takes on the status of a sacrificial heroine. Her fourth-act cavatina “D’amor sull’ali rosee” is not so much a farewell as an Assumption.
Anna Netrebko carries this enraptured music to new heights. She is accompanied by Ekaterina Semenchuk, Marcelo Alvarez and Ludovic Tézier, in a new production by Alex Ollé.

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La Traviata (Live): Opera in Movies@Gorey

For One Night Only Thursday, 4th February @ 6.45pm – Book Now

The Royal Opera brings to life one of opera’s greatest tragedies bursting with passion, drama and world famous melodies on Thursday 4 February at 6.45pm with a live performance of Verdi’s masterpiece La traviata. Perfect for first time opera goers, La Traviata – described by the Daily Express as “a shining example of opera at its best” – is sure not to leave a dry eye in the house. The sumptuous production opens in the indulgent social whirl of 19th century Paris. Violetta, a beautiful courtesan, leads a life of glamour but darker undercurrents emerge after she meets the love of her life and the young couple are forced apart by society. Verdi’s sensational score ranges from the jubilant with the world famous Brindisi, the ‘toast’ of the party, to the heart breaking “Parigi, o cara” in which the lovers poignantly imagine a life that will never be theirs. Traditional staging with stunning grand costumes and set in gloriously opulent ballrooms, La traviata will be conducted by Yves Abel and performed by an all-star cast including Venera Gimadieva and Samir Pirgu as the doomed lovers.

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