Verdi’s rich opera shines in San Antonio Symphony's concert version

April 3, 2016 - 7:00pm
If Thursday night’s concert version of Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore doesn’t whet San Antonio’s appetite for more high-quality opera, probably nothing can. A collaboration of the San Antonio Symphony, Opera San Antonio and the Mastersingers, the concert presented a top-flight cast backed by remarkable performances from the orchestra and the Mastersingers chorus. Lacking costumes and scenery meant the audience of about 1,300 people at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts could concentrate on the glories of Verdi’s score – the swelling arias, the thundering choruses and the symphonic colors – as the tangled plot of revenge unfolded. The cast singers could still act, of course, and act they did, with authority and expressive gestures and embraces, without crossing the line into melodrama.
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