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Twist and turn with 'Trovatore'

By John Fleming
Published April 12, 2007


Il Trovatore takes the prize for the most preposterous opera libretto. There's a troubadour named Manrico who leads a revolution against the King of Aragon and his army, which is commanded by the troubadour's brother, Count di Luna. The brothers are unaware of each other. They also love the same woman, Leonora. Then there's a gypsy named Azucena who supposedly threw the count's baby brother into a fire, but the baby was actually saved and grew up to become the troubadour. And that just begins to summarize the story.

Despite all the impenetrable twists and turns, Il Trovatore is one of Verdi's most popular operas, full of familiar music like the Anvil Chorus. In the Opera Tampa production, Sondra Kelly is Azucena, Guido LeBron is the count, Gustavo Lopez Manzitti is Manrico and Kelly Cae Hogan is Leonora. Anton Coppola conducts performances at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. $29.50-$89.50. (813) 229-7827 or toll-free 1-800-955-1045;

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