Conductor: Maestro Christofer Macatsoris with the AVA Opera Orchestra
Stage Director: Michael Scarola
Including a free opera preview and opening night black-tie gala
November 7–28, 2017
Count di Luna is infatuated with the beautiful Leonora, who does not return his affections. Instead, she falls in love with the Count’s rival, a troubadour who serenades Leonora and keeps his identity a secret.
AVA opens its opera season with its first production of Verdi’s immortal classic Il trovatore in 20 years. The famed “Anvil chorus” is but one of many treasured musical settings in the opera. Sung in Italian with English supertitles
Free Opera Preview October 25, 5:30 PM – Please join AVA on October 25 at 5:30 PM for our Free Opera Preview of Verdi’s Il trovatore. The evening features musical selections performed by the cast of Resident Artists and a discussion with conductor Christofer Macatsoris and stage director Michael Scarola. To reserve your space, please sign-up via the link here or call AVA at 215-735-1685. *There are no physical tickets for this event; your name will be on a list at the door.*
Black-Tie Opening Night Gala at AVA: 5:30 PM, Saturday, November 4, 2017 (8 PM curtain) The Black-Tie Opening Night Gala includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a sit-down dinner, exclusive performance and a Champagne dessert reception with the artists. For more information, please call 215-735-1686.
November 7, 9 and 11* at 7:30 PM at the Helen Corning Warden Theater, AVA
* Young Professionals (ages 21-45) can enjoy a discounted ticket for the November 11 performance of Il trovatore.
November 18, 7 PM Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
November 21, 7:30 PM Bucks County performance at Central Bucks South High School. Concert Version
November 28, 7:30 PM Centennial Hall, The Haverford School. All seats are assigned
Ferrando (Luna’s officer) – Daniel Noyola, Nathan Milholin
Leonora (noble lady, in love with Manrico and courted by di Luna) – Claire de Monteil
Ines (Leonora’s confidante) – Pascale Spinney
Count di Luna (a nobleman in the service of the Prince of Aragon) – Timothy Renner, Ethan Simpson
Manrico (a troubadour) – Mackenzie Gotcher
Azucena (a gypsy) – Hannah Ludwig, Gabriela Flores
Gypsy – Daniel Gallegos
A messenger – Oliver Sewell
Ruiz (Manrico’s henchman) – Abraham Bretón
Ensemble – Piotr Buszewski, Daniel Gallegos, Roy Hage, John Matthew Myers, Lukasz Zientarski, Brent Michael Smith, Anthony Whitson-Martini, Matthew White, Alexandra Razskazoff, Meryl Dominguez, Alexandra Nowakowski, Rebecca Gulinello
This production is underwritten in part by a generous contribution from Victoria Eckert Zoellner.