"A clear-headed, psychologically insightful and fluid staging" (NY Times) of a work that has long daunted opera directors
David McVicar’s stirring production of Verdi’s intense drama, which is notoriously difficult to stage due to its complex plot, won critical acclaim for its straightforward emotional power when it debuted at the Met in 2009 with Álvarez in the title role. The New York Times, reviewing the new production’s premiere, applauded McVicar’s “clear-headed, psychologically insightful and fluid staging” of a work that has long daunted opera directors. It is the first new Met Trovatore production in half a century to receive largely favorable reviews for the staging itself.
James Levine leads this revival, starring four extraordinary singers—Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsk—in what might be the composer’s most melodically rich score.