L TROVATORE, Macerata 2013-07-20. It was the premiere. It was confusing. Sometimes with great ideas but not so effectual, sometimes just not the right idea. Aquiles Machado was Manrico and Enkelejda Shkosa was Azucena. They made it worth a trip. Shkosa was a great Azucena. Aquiles Machado was a wonderful, lovely Manrico. The soprano that sang Leonora became better as the evening progressed. I found the baritone that sang Conte di Luna not as good as the rest, neither was Ferrando. Inez was good.

Why was there children present whenever Ferrando was telling the story? What was it about the Di Luna men that made them sometimes crawl like animals? Azucena's mother and the dead child of Azucena came and went onstage. That worked. But it would be confusing for anyone completely new to the story of IL TROVATORE.

The stage in Macreta arena sferisterio is too long. And to have 2 things a one time at both ends of the stage was not a great idea. You had to choose where to look.

On thing is for sure Azucena, Enkelejda Shkosa was the highlight and she was the one that took the conductor and director onstage for the applaus. And Enkelejda Shkosa left the stage with her stage son, Aquiles Machado. Bravi!
2013-07-20 Il Trovatore (G. Verdi), Arena Sferisterio (Macerata)

Il conte di Luna = Simone Piazzola
Leonora = Susanna Branchini
Azucena = Enkelejda Shkosa
Manrico = Aquiles Machado
Ferrando: = Luciano Montanaro
Ruiz = Enrico Cossutta
Ines = Rosanna Lo Greco
Un messo =  Alessandro Pucci

Paolo Arrivabeni, conductor
Fondazione Orchestra Regionale delle Marche
Banda “Salvadei” Città di Macerata
Coro Lirico Marchigiano "V.Bellini"

Regia - Francisco Negrin
Scene e costumi - Louis Desiré
Disegno luci - Bruno Poet
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