Last night was a time for lusty singing at Chicago Lyric! A wonderful cast presented Verdi's Il Trovatore.
It's a pot-boiler of a story but when sung like this raises the hair on the back of your head.
Roberto Tagliavini was the first voice to be heard as Ferrando and set the standard for the rest of the evening with a large, handsome voice.
Tamara Wilson as Leonora was magnificent. High, low, loud, soft, she could do it all with ease and beauty. Her soft, high pianisimos were breath-taking.
Arthur Rucinski as Count di Luna was equally fine. A beautiful baritone voice who sang the role with ease.
Russell Thomas was Manrico; an excellent tenor who soared to the heights.
And Jamie Barton who sang the role of Asucena. A huge voice with an amazing lower register.
As usual the anvil chorus stole the scene but the entire work was presented with vigor and musical clarity.
I loved it!
I was not able to get photos of some of the artists. Sorry!