Production :
Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi de Trieste

The story

In 15th century Spain, the struggle for power has given rise to interminable hate between rival clans. The powerful Count De Luna loves the beautiful and noble Leonora. She rejects him for she is secretly in love with a rebellious minstrel, Manrico, a child brought up by the gypsy Azucena determined to avenge the unjust death by burning at the stake of her mother…

The gypsy

At his peak and graced with the experience acquired during years of struggle, Verdi produced his three major popular successes. With Rigoletto, Il Trovatore and La Traviata, he produced a famous trilogy that left its mark on opera in the 19th century. The psychological exploration of the characters is only equalled by the composer’s intense reflection on human passions: love, hate, vengeance and death.

Drawing inspiration from a Spanish tragedy, El trovador by Gutiérrez, the work is a dark one and its ending is tragic. However, Il Trovatore offers us marvellous grand arias in which passion enhances the bel canto style, while the breathless plot leaves no respite for the spectator.

 Whilst the immense tragic strength of the opera resides in the triangular heartbreak between the baritone Count De Luna, tenor Manrico and soprano Leonora, Verdi invents an exceptional role for the character of Azucena. In a grave register, the gypsy is possessed by an absolute need for vengeance. Her interventions, displaying the contradictory phases of her nature, are a veritable challenge for the opera singer who must surpass herself in every aspect and embody a character who is as overwhelming as she is unforgettable.

Introduction to performances: curtain-raisers

All the opera performances are preceded by an educational introduction open to all. They take place 30 minutes before the start of the performance, in the company of an opera specialist to provide a pertinent presentation of the work.


SATURDAY 22th SEPT. 2018 at 8:30 pm on Culturebox

Plan your visit

  • Car Parks

    How to come by car?

    Car parks with discounted rate

    Discounted rate of € 6 for performances and concerts featured in our schedules (in the evening from 18.00 to 01.00 and on Sunday from 13.00 to 19.00). A validation terminal is available in the entrance hall of the Opera House (from when the doors opens).

    Neujean car park

    45, Boulevard de la Sauvenière – 4000 Liège, Belgium

    • Mon. to Fri. : open until 1 o’clock in the morning.
    • Sat. and Sun. : open all night.

    Opéra car park

    1, Galerie Opéra – 4000 Liège, Belgium
    Open 24 hours, 7 days a week

    Other car parks nearby

    • Central Park car park : 26, Place Xavier-Neujean - 4000 Liège
    • Saint-Lambert car park : Place Saint-Lambert - 4000 Liège
    • Cathédrale car park : Place de la Cathédrale - 4000 Liège

  • Catering

    For a meal or a drink during an opera or a concert

    Whether you want a drink or a meal (by booking only), the Opera Restaurant, located in the prestigious setting of the Foyer Grétry, welcomes you before each performance when the Theatre’s doors open.

    During the interval, the Foyer Grétry Bar (2nd floor) as well as the Salazar Bar (4th floor) are open for you to relax and quench your thirst.

    For “Opera for All” Young Audience performances and “Discovery concerts”, the Foyer Grétry Bar is open one hour before and at the end of each performance.

    For information and bookings: +32 (0) 499 42 42 62  - lydia-campoccia@hotmail.com – www.leschefsopera.be

    Drink tokens

    Drink tokens are on sale as soon as the doors of the Theatre open on performance days (in the entrance hall and the main stairs) or during the interval (in the Foyer Grétry).

    For reasons of hygiene and cleanliness, it is forbidden to bring drinks and snacks into the building.


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