Broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera continue on Classical 90.5 at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, January 12th, with a performance of Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi, with an Italian libretto by Salvadore Cammarano, based on the play El Trovador (1836) by Antonio García Gutiérrez. Upon Cammarano's death in mid-1852, which came before his completion of the libretto, Verdi took the opportunity to propose significant revisions, which were carried out under his supervision by the young librettist Leone Emanuele Bardare. The performance will run approximately three hours.

Il Trovatore returns to the Met in a revival the New York Times calls "rousing, satisfying, truly fun." David McVicar’s vivid production keeps the action moving in Verdi’s intense melodrama, maintaining the fine line between tragedy and farce and including some of the composer’s most memorable music. Daniele Callegari conducts this co-production of The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the San Francisco Opera Association.

Leonora: Patricia Racette
Azucena: Stephanie Blythe
Manrico: Marco Berti
Count Di Luna: Alexey Markov
Ferrando: Christophoros Stamboglis