Opera Explained: Il trovatore
- David Timson (reader)
Italy's history in the 19th century
Genesis of Il trovatore
Principal characters and the story so far
The gypsy woman
Leonora's entrance aria
The role of Inez
Count di Luna and his place as Manrico's rival
Act II: the gypsies' encampment; Azucena's 'Stride la vampa!'
Azucena continues her story
Who is Manrico?
At the convent
Act II finale
Act III: Di Luna's soldiers
Manrico: 'Ah! Si ben mio'; 'Di quella pira'
Act IV: Leonora's 'D'amor sull' ali rosee'
Leonora and Di Luna
Azucena and Manrico share a prison cell