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Total duration 2 h 45 min
1 intermission (30 min)
10 performances
23.3.2018 – 28.4.2018
Main Stage
15-129 €
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English

A cornucopia of brilliant arias

Verdi was at the height of his powers when writing this opera and lavished magnificent music on its arias and choral scenes. The story tells of brothers separated at birth who end up fighting for opposing sides in a conflict: a tragedy that offered Verdi dramatic twists and turns and strong characters. Il trovatore was the world’s most popular opera in its day, thanks to its catchy tunes and infectious rhythms.

Recommended for children over the age of 12. Please note that the performance contains powerful scenes.

A co-production of Gran Teatre de Liceu and Ovideo Teatro Campoamor.

Please note that you can still buy tickets through the website for performances in spring 2018, but not for season 2018-2019.

Giuseppe Verdi: Trubaduuri; Claudio Otelli; Elena Stikhina

A fresh version of the masterpiece

Il trovatore will be performed as a fresh version produced by the famed opera house of Barcelona, the Gran Teatre del Liceu. The director and set designer Joan Anton Rechi has made artist Francisco de Goya a part of his production. Goya’s series of etchings “The Disasters of War” depicts the brutal war fought in the setting of Il trovatore. “I want to transform the opera house into a gigantic artist’s canvas,” Rechi says, describing the projections of Goya’s art. “Goya is like the narrator, the troubadour who tells us the tragedy of love, revenge, war and death with his brush, showing us the destruction brought on by war.” The conflict between the beauty of the music and the violent images of war lends a new perspective to Verdi’s immortal opera.

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Giuseppe Verdi: Il trovatore; Jana Sýkorová; Aquiles Machado; Koit Soasepp

A fantastic festival of arias

Thanks to its thrilling rhythms and catchy melodies, Il trovatore is one of the world’s most popular operas. It’s an ideal choice for the first-time opera visitor, as its medley of fabulous arias will showcase the best of the genre in one spectacular session.

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“People say that the opera is too sad and there is too much death in it. But life, after all, is only about death. What else is there?”

– Giuseppe Verdi



Azucena once kidnapped one of the two sons of Count Luna, intending to kill him, but instead killed her own son and raised the kidnapped boy as her own. Now there is a civil war in the kingdom, and Manrico and Count Luna are enemies, unaware that they are actually brothers. They have only one thing in common: they are both in love with the lovely Leonora. Was leads inexorably to tragedy, as the Count executes Manrico and only then is told the truth by Azucena: he has just killed his own brother.

A full synopsis and background information are available in the programme booklet.


Creative team

Giuseppe Verdi
Director, sets
Joan Anton Rechi
Mercè Paloma
Lighting design
Albert Faura
Video design
Project II


Jana Sýkorová
Aquiles Machado
Murat Karahan

Performances and tickets

2 h 45 min
1 intermission (30 min)
10 performances
23.3.2018 – 28.4.2018
Main Stage
15-129 €
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
Fri 23.3.2018
at 19:00
Tue 3.4.2018
at 11:00
Thu 5.4.2018
at 19:00
Sat 7.4.2018
at 19:30
Wed 11.4.2018
at 19:00
Fri 13.4.2018
at 19:00
Thu 19.4.2018
at 19:00
Sat 21.4.2018
at 14:00
Thu 26.4.2018
at 19:00
Sat 28.4.2018
at 19:00

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Afternoon Tea

Sweet and savoury for the season

See what you like: choose your favourites on this season’s rich menu.

Book your refreshments beforehand online or at the Opera Restaurant sales desk; you will have a much wider range to choose from, and you will not have to queue in the interval. Download the seating plan of the Opera Restaurant (PDF).

Opera Restaurant sales desk
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Season ticket


Buy a season ticket and get benefits

If you visit us several times a year and would like to ensure that you get a seat at future premieres, the season ticket is a perfect choice for you.  As a season ticket holder, you will receive discounts and benefits and a designated seat in the auditorium.