Wednesday, 5 October 2022
From PM 7:00until approximately PM 9:30
Müpa – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall,
HUF 6,900, HUF 5,900, HUF 4,900, HUF 3,900, HUF 2,900


Kobayashi season ticket 1

Carlo Montanaro conductor

Start of the concert: PM 7:00

Giuseppe Verdi: Il trovatore
(concert-format performance with one intermission)

Manrico Hovhannes Ayvazyan
Leonora Selene Zanetti
Count di Luna Serban Vasile
Azucena Ildikó Komlósi
Ferrando István Gáspár
Inez Gabriella Szalai-Illés
Ruiz László Kálmán
An old Gypsy Dániel Kelemen
Messenger Sándor Boros

Hungarian National Choir (choirmaster: Csaba Somos)

Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Carlo Montanaro

Il trovatore is often condemned for its tangled plot. The story of Baroque operas is, however, woven from hard-to-unravel threads. This legacy still haunted Verdi in the 1850s. More important are the sense of excitement, the romance and the passion that give the work its magic, and the many popular arias that make Il trovatore a favorite with opera fans. The irresistible appeal of this production by the Hungarian National Philharmonic comes from its great cast, which includes international singers as well, and a conductor who speaks Verdi’s music as his mother tongue: Carlo Montanaro.

There are some operas that are received coolly by the audience at their première and only slow struggle to win acclaim. Il trovatore did not share this fate: the première at the Teatro Apollo in Rome on 19 January 1853, was the beginning of the legendary work’s triumphal procession that has continued to this day.

Hovhannes Ayvazyan, the Armenian tenor appearing as Manrico, has achieved significant success as Radamès, Don Carlos, Pinkerton, Cavaradossi, Canio and Turiddu in front of audiences in Vienna, Toronto, Geneva and Dublin – and has also portrayed the protagonist in Il trovatore under the baton of Plácido Domingo. Selena Zanetti, the Italian soprano taking on the role of Leonora, was trained at the Padua Conservatory. She has attended master classes with artists like Raina Kabaivanska and Katia Ricciarelli. She is at home in the styles of diverse opera composers, ranging from Mozart and Verdi to Menotti, Puccini, Smetana and Wolf-Ferrari. Carlo Montanaro was discovered by Zubin Mehta. He became widely known as the music director of the Polish National Opera in Warsaw, but he has performed as a guest in many opera houses and concert halls around the world, from Rome to Berlin, Dresden and Tokyo. His passionate and highly expressive performances have made him a favorite of the Budapest audience in recent years.