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Mackenzie Gotcher and Hannah Ludwig
Mackenzie Gotcher as Manrico
Claire de Monteil as Leonora

2017–2018 Season

Il trovatore · Giuseppe Verdi

Including a free opera preview and opening night black-tie gala

Tuesday, November 7 – Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Verdi's Il trovatore 

This production is underwritten in part by a generous contribution from Victoria Eckert Zoellner.

Count di Luna is infatuated with the beautiful Leonora, who does not return his affections. Instead, she falls in love with the Count's rival, a troubadour who serenades Leonora and keeps his identity a secret.

AVA opens its opera season with its first production of Verdi’s immortal classic Il trovatore in 20 years. The famed “Anvil chorus” is but one of many treasured musical settings in the opera. Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Conductor: Maestro Christofer Macatsoris with the AVA Opera Orchestra

Stage Director: Michael Scarola 

Free Opera Preview October 25, 5:30 PM - Please join AVA on October 25 at 5:30 PM for our Free Opera Preview of Verdi's Il trovatore. The evening features musical selections performed by the cast of Resident Artists and a discussion with conductor Christofer Macatsoris and stage director Michael Scarola. To reserve your space, please sign-up via the link here or call AVA at 215-735-1685. *There are no physical tickets for this event; your name will be on a list at the door.*

BLACK-TIE OPENING NIGHT GALA at AVA: 5:30 PM, Saturday, November 4, 2017 (8 PM curtain) The Black-Tie Opening Night Gala includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a sit-down dinner, exclusive performance and a Champagne dessert reception with the artists. For more information, please call 215-735-1686.

November 7, 9 and 11* at 7:30 PM at the Helen Corning Warden Theater, AVA

* Young Professionals (ages 21-45) can enjoy a discounted ticket for the November 11 performance of Il trovatore

November 18, 7 PM Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

November 21, 7:30 PM Bucks County performance at Central Bucks South High School. Concert Version

November 28, 7:30 PM Centennial Hall, The Haverford School. All seats are assigned

 

Il trovatore Cast List (in order of appearance)

Ferrando  (Luna's officer) - Daniel NoyolaNathan Milholin

Leonora (noble lady, in love with Manrico and courted by di Luna) - Claire de Monteil

Ines (Leonora's confidante) - Pascale Spinney

Count di Luna (a nobleman in the  service of the Prince of Aragon) - Timothy Renner, Ethan Simpson

Manrico (a troubadour)  - Mackenzie Gotcher

Azucena (a gypsy) - Hannah Ludwig, Gabriela Flores

Gypsy - Daniel Gallegos

A messenger - Oliver Sewell

Ruiz (Manrico's henchman) - Abraham Bretón

Ensemble - Piotr Buszewski, Daniel Gallegos, Roy Hage, John Matthew Myers, Lukasz Zientarski, Brent Michael Smith, Anthony Whitson-Martini, Matthew White, Alexandra Razskazoff, Meryl Dominguez, Alexandra Nowakowski, Rebecca Gulinello

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