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Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point, Sydney


Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Running time

Approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes, including one interval.

Production patron

Proudly supported by

Il Trovatore Syndicate

This burning tale of gypsies, witchcraft, murder and recompense demands four of the world’s most powerful voices.

Blinded by rage as her mother burns at the stake, Azucena throws the executioner’s child into the flames. But in the darkness, she has made a fatal mistake, and it is her own child that burns. She seizes the executioner’s child and raises him as her own: a family secret that will haunt the next generation until their deaths.

Verdi had a taste for high drama, and Il Trovatore has all the hallmarks of a great story, enhanced by monumental digital stagecraft: a love triangle, an intergenerational quest for revenge, and a woman willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for the man she loves.

But the real attraction lies in the sensational music: from the famous Anvil Chorus to the series of stunning arias penned for the four leads. It is some of Verdi’s finest music, and demands the finest of voices. Hear the incomparable Leah Crocetto as Leonora, Elena Gabouri as the haunted Azucena, audience favourite Yonghoon Lee as the title character Manrico and Maksim Aniskin as Count di Luna.

Cast & Creative

Set Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Digital Content
Count di Luna
Old Gypsy

Opera Australia Chorus
Opera Australia Orchestra

Il Trovatore Syndicate

Directly contribute to Opera Australia’s diverse repertoire by supporting this brand new production in 2022. As a syndicate member you will embark on a journey to follow the creative process. You will be invited to closed rehearsals, exclusive behind-the-scenes events and get to know the artists and creative team behind this ambitious new production.

For more information about joining the Il Trovatore Syndicate with a tax deductible gift, please contact Jake Shavikin:

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Our performances will comply with all Public Health Orders and adhere to our epidemiologist-approved COVID-Safe Plan, including any requirement at the time of the performance that audience members be vaccinated. Full details of our COVID-Safe Plan will be published online closer to the event.


Fifteen years ago a gypsy woman was burnt at the stake for allegedly bewitching a child of the noble di Luna family. The gypsy’s daughter, Azucena, witnessed her mother’s death and swore revenge. She stole the child’s brother, intending to throw him into the flames of her mother’s still burning pyre. In her frenzy she mistakenly murdered her own child. She was horrified by her mistake but chose to bring up the young Count as her own child in the knowledge that one day she might achieve her revenge upon the child’s real family.

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