Last weekend at the Regal Theatres in Ballston, the New York Metropolitan Opera simulcast its first production of the 2015-2016 season with “Il Trovatore.” The story is about the revenge of a gypsy woman, Azucena (Dolora Zajick) and the jealous Count De Luna (Dmitri Hvorostovsky) who is in love with Leonora (Anna Netrebko). Unfortunately, Leonora is in love with Manrico (Yonghoo Lee). No one knows he is the son of the gypsy woman. Count De Luna and Manrico are bitter and dueling rivals. Manrico drives Count De Luna crazy with his serenading of Leonora. “Il Trovatore” is dramatic and passionate and the cast is more than outstanding, I love these simulcasts from the Met including the backstage interviews during intermission. The next simulcast is “Othello” on Oct. 17. This one will be at Potomac Yards on Jefferson David Highway in south Arlington. The Ballston Theatre is undergoing renovations and will not be hosting any simulcasts until next year. For more information and tickets, check the website at www.fathomevents.com.
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