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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 30 minutes, including one interval.

Please note

This production contains adult themes, violence and live flame effects, and a bright lighting effect during Act I.

Production patron

Proudly supported by

Il Trovatore Syndicate

This burning tale of 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 Maxim Aniskin as Count di Luna.

Cast & Creative

Associate Director
Carlo Sciaccaluga
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Digital Content
Francesco Calcagnini
Count di Luna
Old Romani

Opera Australia Chorus
Opera Australia Orchestra

Il Trovatore

Cheat Sheet: Il Trovatore

A cheat's guide to Verdi's opera of romance and revenge

What happens in the story? Who was the composer? What should I expect from the music? Here’s everything you need to know…

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Il Trovatore Costume sketches

The Costumes

Here are just a few glimpses of the beautiful costumes Italian costume designer Gianluca Falaschi has designed for this spectacular new production.

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Il Trovatore singers

Meet the Singers

Find out about the voices in our brand-new production, directed by Davide Livermore.

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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 Chantal Lewis, Development Director:

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Overture Dining at the Sydney Opera House

Enjoy dinner before the opera

Overture Dining at Sydney Opera House

Allow us to make your dinner reservation for you: at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre. You’ll be served a three-course menu for just $97.

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Keeping you safe at the theatre

COVID Safety

Our performances will comply with all Public Health Orders and adhere to our epidemiologist-approved COVID-Safe Plan.

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Fifteen years ago a Romani woman was burnt at the stake for allegedly bewitching a child of the noble di Luna family. The Romani woman’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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