Monday, June 8, 2009

Enjoy “Il Trovatore” This Weekend by the San Antonio Opera

Running this weekend at the Lila Cockrell Theatre (8:00 pm Friday/Saturday, 2:00 pm Sunday), Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” includes spells, lifelong feuds, gypsies, and curses. Several of the arias and choruses will be familiar to even non-opera lovers. The opera is sung in Italian with English/Spanish supertitles.

The San Antonio Opera began in 1996, after a 15-year absence of opera from San Antonio, as the San Antonio Pocket Opera. They produced one-act operas with a modest budget and leftover scenery from the San Pedro Playhouse. Today, their budget exceeds $2,000,000, and they are able to contract both international artists as well as local performers. The orchestra comprises about 50 musicians and a semi-professional chorus of about 40 local vocalists. Since its inception, they’ve performed 47 major operas.
Tickets are $40-$110, available at Ticketmaster outlets.
The new season begins in the fall with “Madama Butterfly,” “Daughter of the Regiment,” and “Rigoletto.” They’ll perform at Municipal Auditorium while the Lila Cockrell Theatre undergoes renovation.

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