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There are lots of good "Trovatores." This isn't one of them,
This review is from: Verdi: Il Trovatore (Audio CD)
This is a woefully misguided and magnificently miscast production of "Il trovatore." Only someone suffering from the lunatic delusion that Verdi's "Il trovatore" is a bel canto opera could love it.
"Il trovatore" has its faults but even its faults have a shaggy grandeur to them. This performance has been willfully distorted to accommodate the talents of Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne, neither of whom is a singer in any way suited to this blood and guts opera. Pavarotti is only slightly better in the power-driven role of Manrico. The old warhorse does not deserve to be beaten in this manner. Even the Bocelli version--and you cannot imagine how it pains me to say this!--is more true to the intentions of the composer than this set.
One star for a performance that is miscast, misconceived, and misconducted--plus a star for the sheer, bitter laughter it engenders.