Il Trovatore's plot is grim, but who cares when you know the score?

Giuseppe Verdi’s greatest-hits score keeps this warhorse on the stages of major opera companies.

The mob of horrified faces on the curtain (by set designer Charles Edwards) that rises on Lyric Opera’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore sets the mood for the story to come. It’s grim—a tale of such flamboyant vengeance, it became grist for Marx Brothers mayhem in A Night at the Opera.…

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