Opera: Verdi’s ‘Il Trovatore’ by Castiglione triumphs at the Hong Kong Opera

Theaters in China are reopening after the pandemic and opera returns to the East after three years of detention due to covid. On stage a new, spectacular staging of ‘Il Trovatore’ by Giuseppe Verdi, with a wholly Italian imprint, on the bill from 10 to 15 May (all performances sold out) at the Hong Kong Opera, signed by the Italian director and set designer Enrico Castiglione, in his fifth direction in the most international city of China. Applause and open-stage ovations for the impressive crowd scenes and numerous curtain calls for the entire cast and the well-known Italian director.

Verdi’s opera was staged at the Hong Kong Opera with a mixed cast of Italian and international stars such as the tenor Marco Berti, powerful and highly acclaimed in the role of Manrico, and Martina Serafin, poignant and emotional Leonora, assisted by Simone Piazzolla , baritone among the most appreciated in the world in the role of Count di Luca, Daniel Giulianini, in the impervious role of Ferrando, alternated by a cast that in the various performances saw Zhang Liping, authentic opera star in China, the impressive Georgian tenor Irakli Kakfidze and the elegant Italian baritone Mario Cassi, with a double Azucena performed by Dean Marianne Cornetti alternating with Guang Yang, under the baton of Dejan Savic conducting the Hong Kong Opera Orchestra and Hong Kong Opera Chours conducted by Alex Tam.