The setting is brought foreward from the 15th century, which I think was the original period, to what looks to me like 19th century, but it works very well.
The set is a massive revolving affair with a citadel and foreboding stairway. It however revolves to give a seamless transition to the other scenes as appropriate.
Ferrando opens with an explanation of the background to the action to come, sung ably by Stefan Kocan.
When Radvanovsky appears it seems that a treat is in store, her Leonora has a beautifully rounded mobile voice, her phrasing flows easily, an aural delight.
The anvil chorus scene is most entertaining, and well sung. O would love to play an anvil myself, but I am not as well muscled as the on stage blacksmiths.
Azucena is the richly toned mezzo Dolora Zajick, one can always look forward to hearing her.
It makes a change to hear Alvarez other than the Duke in Rigoletto, he does a fine job as Manrico, and is well suited to the role.
Hvorostovsky makes a grand glowering villain, one can really enjoy his powerful baritone. My wife loves his hair!
All minor roles and chorus are to a very high standard. This is by far the best Trovatore that I have seen. I thoroughly recommend.