A stylish `Trovatore' from Summer Opera

Opera Review

July 23, 2006|By TIM SMITH | TIM SMITH,SUN MUSIC CRITIC

It's easy to perform Verdi's Il Trovatore, Enrico Caruso said: "All you need is the four greatest singers in the world."

Even if you do manage to bring together such a quartet for a Trovatore production, success isn't assured. The opera, with its abundance of catchy tunes and a famously troublesome plot, requires a huge dose of that elusive quality known as style - enough to make each musical phrase and every twist in the story meaningful.

IL TROVATORE -- To be performed today at 2:30 p.m. -- Hartke Theatre, Catholic University, 3801 Harewood Road N.E., Washington -- Limited ticket availability: 202-319-4000

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