Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Overture Center for the Arts is closed for public performances until the end of November, necessitating the cancellation of our production of Il Trovatore.

Many of the artists involved in Il Trovatore are involved in our reimagined fall season, which includes both digital and in-person content.



Take a medieval Spanish melodrama, dial it up to 100, add phenomenal music, and you have Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Set in the 15th century, Il Trovatore tells of vengeance across generations, with a noble lady following her heart, brothers who don’t know they are brothers, several duels, and a climactic secret.

From its thrilling music to its over-the-top plot, Il Trovatore is opera at its most visceral, with the famous Anvil Chorus and dramatic arias for every character. Join us for obsession, fury, and romance, all packed into this most operatic of operas.

Il Trovatore

Friday, November 6 at 8 PM
Sunday, November 8 at 2:30 PM
Overture Hall
Sung in Italian with projected English translations


Karen Slack

Madison Opera Debut: Sister Rose, Dead Man Walking (2014)
Recently: Billie, Fire Shut Up In My Bones (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis); Serena, Porgy and Bess (Metropolitan Opera, Fort Worth Opera); Tosca, Tosca (Opera Birmingham); Sister Rose, Dead Man Walking (Atlanta Opera, Minnesota Opera, Kentucky Opera, Vancouver Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City); Addie Parker, Charlie Parker’s Yardbird (Arizona Opera)
Upcoming: Soloist, Opera in the Park 2020 (Madison Opera)

Gotcher, Mackenzie
Mackenzie Gotcher

Madison Opera Debut
Recently: Manrico, Il Trovatore (Opera San Jose); Ricardo, A Masked Ball; Roberto, Le Villi (Academy of Vocal Arts); Captain Nolan, Doctor Atomic (Santa Fe Opera); Cavaradossi, Tosca (Wolf Trap Opera)

Daryl Freedman

Madison Opera Debut
Recently: Azucena, Il Trovatore (Opera San Jose); Schwertleite, Die Walkure (Metropolitan Opera, Theatre du Capitole); Amneris, Aida (Opera Idaho); Princess Eboli, Don Carlo; Suzuki, Madame Butterfly (Washington National Opera)
Upcoming: Azucena, Il Trovatore (Portland Opera)

Weston Hurt
Count di Luna

Madison Opera Debut: Germont, La Traviata (2019)
Recently: Rigoletto, Rigoletto (New Orleans Opera); Germont, La Traviata (Seattle Opera, Portland Opera, Opera San Antonio); Sharpless, Madama Butterfly (Seattle Opera); Creon, Medea (Opera Omaha); Scarpia, Tosca (Nashville Opera)
Upcoming: Soloist, Opera in the Park 2020 (Madison Opera); Germont, La Traviata (Lyric Opera of Kansas City); Count di Luna, Il Trovatore (Portland Opera)

Kenneth Kellogg

Madison Opera Debut
Recently: Father, Blue (Glimmerglass Festival); Zenovito & Ulderico, Sigismondo (Opera Rara Festival); Ribbing, A Masked Ball (Opera de Oviedo); Sparafucile, Rigoletto (Sacramento Opera); Father Palmer, Silent Night (Washington National Opera); Ashby, La Fanciulla del West (Maryland Lyric Opera)
Upcoming: Father, Blue (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Osmin, The Abduction from the Seraglio (Minnesota Opera); Il Commendatore, Don Giovanni (Seattle Opera)

John DeMain

Madison Opera Debut: The Magic Flute (1995)
Recently at MO: Fellow Travelers, La Traviata, Rusalka
Recently: Blue, Sweeney Todd (Glimmerglass Festival); Candide (Gran Teatre de Liceu); Porgy and Bess (Seattle Opera, Glimmerglass Festival); Lost in the Stars (Washington National Opera)
Upcoming: She Loves Me, The Marriage of Figaro (Madison Opera)

Fenlon Lamb
Stage Director

Madison Opera Debut: La Traviata (2019)
Recently: Riders of the Purple Sage, Charlie Parker’s Yardbird (Arizona Opera); Don Giovanni, (Pensacola Opera); Hansel & Gretel, Tosca (Palm Beach Opera); Madama Butterfly (Inland Northwest Opera); Carmen (Bar Harbor Music Festival, Annapolis Opera, North Carolina Opera); Scalia/Ginsburg (Opera Delaware); Juliet Letters (Lyric Opera Kansas City)


Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation

Millie & Marshall Osborn

Bert & Diane Adams

Thomas Terry

Martha & Charles Casey

Cyrena & Lee Pondrom

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