Performance Art

Arizona Opera Presents Il Trovatore at Phoenix Symphony Hall This Weekend

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The four-act performance will include the famous "Anvil Chorus," which will comprise about 200 participants to complete the production of the memorable Azcucena's Gypsy caravan. Sopranos Indra Thomas and Karen Slack will alternate in the portrayal of the female lead, Leonora, captivating audiences through her dramatic tale of love and lust.

With backstabbing twists and turns, this dynamic interpretation will keep viewers at the edge of their seats during its historic "soap opera-esque" plot.

Jackalope Ranch had the opportunity to speak with Thomas.

Tell us about your character Leonora. Leonora is pretty much a noble lady. She is bequeathed to Count di Luna, and she really doesn't want to be with him. She is in love with a Gypsy. His name is Manrico and the story kind of unfolds with her being in the middle of this big feud between the Gypsies and the Spaniards. It's about the love that she has for Manrico and how she tries to board off the advances toward Count di Luna.

What makes this performance different from others? It's going to be a more traditional portrayal of Il Trovatore that is set in its original time -- in the beautiful period of the 1500s.

What other operas have you been apart of? I am most known for my Aida, and I sing alot of Aidas around the world. But my most favorite is . . . Il Trovatore. One of my favorite ones to sing along with is La Forza del Destino as well. My Aida is a very long night -- it's a beautiful glorious night, but it's a lot of pressure [laughs].

What do you think of Phoenix Symphony Hall? This is my first time with this Opera Company, now I did do the Trio Gala that was held at Phoenix Symphony Hall here about two weeks ago.

This opera dates back to the 1800s, why do you think it's important to re-tell this tale? It's a beautiful little love story. It has all the elements; love, suspense, and beauty. It also has the mezzo part because my character is a little crazy. It hits all the elements, so you won't have a boring night. The opera starts out big and then it goes and goes and goes and it leaves you thinking, What's going to happen next?" It has a very nice flow between the segue of scenes. The elements are all separate at first, and then at the end of the opera they all come together. It's an opera with a very good story line with a lot of surprises and twists.

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