SAN JOSE, CA — Opera San José is highlighting the raw emotions that drive Giuseppe Verdi’s turbulent tale of love and revenge in its production of Il trovatore. Featuring an emotional, heart-stopping score, this mesmerizing story of romance, obsession and retribution has six performances at the magnificent California Theatre from February 15 – March 1. [Click here for event information]
Based on the play El trovador by Spanish playwright Antonio García Gutiérrez, Il trovatore is known for its powerful score full of breathtakingly beautiful arias and one of the most famous choral melodies ever written, the “Anvil Chorus.” Mixing personal vendetta, a doomed love triangle, and a gypsy’s lifelong obsession for revenge into one dramatic love story, this classic four-act Italian opera has become a beloved favorite of audiences around the world.
Opera San José (OSJ) is bringing a cast of accomplished artists to the stage in this production. American soprano Kerriann Otaño stars as Leonora, a noble lady-in-waiting to the Queen of Aragon. A current member of OSJ’s resident company, Otaño won raves recently as the Mother and the Witch in the company’s well-received production of Hansel and Gretel. She was a 2017 National Semi-Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a recent graduate of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera. [Read More]