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The Trovatore Test

From Toscanini to Levine, all of the twentieth century's great conductors have been attracted to the complex charms of Verdi's Il Trovatore. HARVEY SACHS listens to some influential recordings of the opera.

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Carlo Maria Giulini at work on his 1984 Trovatore recording for DG
© Silvia Lelli Masotti 2011
By the 1890s, decades after Il Trovatore had first seen the light of day, many of Italy's major opera houses went out of their way to avoid presenting it. Verdi's later works — Falstaff, Otello and ev...

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