This is a partial discography of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Il trovatore (The Troubadour) and Le trouvère (the revised version in French translation). At least 83 recordings exist of the opera as a whole, made between 1912 and 2011, although not all of them are absolutely complete. Of these, 45 are live audio recordings, 22 are studio audio recordings, and 16 are videos or movies. Il trovatore was first performed at the Teatro Apollo, Rome on 19 January 1853. Le trouvère was first presented on 12 January 1857.

Audio recordings

Year Cast
(Manrico, Leonora,
Azucena, Di Luna,
Ferrando)
Conductor,
Opera house and orchestra
Label[1]
1930 Aureliano Pertile,
Maria Carena,
Irene Minghini-Cattaneo,
Apollo Granforte,
Bruno Carmassi
Carlo Sabajno
Teatro alla Scala orchestra and chorus
CD: Aura Music
Cat: LRC 11104-2
Francesco Merli,
Bianca Scacciati,
Giuseppina Zinetti,
Enrico Molinari,
Corrado Zambelli
Lorenzo Molajoli
Teatro alla Scala orchestra and chorus
CD: Naxos
Cat: 8.110162-63
1951 Giacomo Lauri-Volpi,
Maria Callas,
Cloe Elmo,
Paolo Silveri,
Italo Tajo
Tullio Serafin
Teatro di San Carlo orchestra and chorus
CD: Mondo Musica
Cat: MMO 91117
1952 Jussi Björling,
Zinka Milanov,
Fedora Barbieri,
Leonard Warren,
Nicola Moscona
Renato Cellini
RCA Victor Orchestra
Robert Shaw Chorale
LP: RCA Victrola AVM2-0699
CD: RCA Victor
Cat: 6643-2-RG
1953 Gino Penno,
Maria Callas,
Ebe Stignani,
Carlo Tagliabue,
Giuseppe Modesti
Antonino Votto
Teatro alla Scala orchestra and chorus
CD: Urania
Cat: B000CS24UO
1956 Mario Del Monaco,
Renata Tebaldi,
Giulietta Simionato,
Ugo Savarese,
Giorgio Tozzi
Alberto Erede
Grand Théâtre de Genève orchestra
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino chorus
CD: Decca
Cat: 411 874-2 & 470 589-2
1956 Giuseppe Di Stefano,
Maria Callas,
Fedora Barbieri,
Rolando Panerai,
Nicola Zaccaria
Herbert von Karajan
Teatro alla Scala orchestra and chorus
CD: EMI Classics
Cat: 56333 & 77365
1957 Kurt Baum,
Mary Curtis-Verna,
Rosalind Elias,
Frank Guarrera,
Norman Scott
Max Rudolf
Metropolitan Opera orchestra and chorus
LP: Book of the Month Club
Cat: MO 726
1959 Richard Tucker,
Leontyne Price,
Rosalind Elias,
Leonard Warren,
Giorgio Tozzi
Arturo Basile
Rome Opera orchestra and chorus
CD: RCA Victor
Cat: 60560-2-RG
1962 Franco Corelli,
Leontyne Price,
Giulietta Simionato,
Ettore Bastianini,
Nicola Zaccaria
Herbert von Karajan
Vienna Philharmonic
Vienna State Opera chorus
(Live recording during Salzburg Festival, 31 July 1962)
CD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 447659
1963 Carlo Bergonzi,
Antonietta Stella,
Fiorenza Cossotto,
Ettore Bastianini
Ivo Vinco
Tullio Serafin
Teatro alla Scala orchestra and chorus
CD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 768402
1964 Franco Corelli,
Gabriella Tucci,
Giulietta Simionato,
Robert Merrill,
Ferruccio Mazzoli
Thomas Schippers
Rome Opera orchestra and chorus
CD: EMI Classics
Cat: 763640 2
Carlo Bergonzi,
Gabriella Tucci,
Giulietta Simionato,
Piero Cappuccilli,
Ivo Vinco
Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Teatro alla Scala orchestra and chorus
(Live recording during tour in Moscow, September 1964)
CD: Opera d'Oro
Cat: 7045
Bruno Prevedi,
Gwyneth Jones,
Giulietta Simionato,
Peter Glossop,
Joseph Rouleau
Carlo Maria Giulini
Royal Opera House orchestra and chorus
CD: Royal Opera House
Cat: ROHS011
1969 Plácido Domingo,
Leontyne Price,
Fiorenza Cossotto,
Sherrill Milnes,
Bonaldo Giaiotti
Zubin Mehta
Philharmonia Orchestra
Ambrosian Singers
LP: RCA Red Seal
Cat: LSC-6194
CD: RCA Red Seal
Cat: 88883729262
1976 Luciano Pavarotti,
Joan Sutherland,
Marilyn Horne,
Ingvar Wixell,
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Richard Bonynge
National Philharmonic Orchestra
London Opera chorus
CD: Decca
Cat: 417137
1977 Franco Bonisolli,
Leontyne Price,
Elena Obraztsova,
Piero Cappuccilli
Ruggero Raimondi
Herbert von Karajan
Berlin Philharmonic
Deutsche Oper Berlin chorus
CD: EMI Classics
Cat: 7 69311 2
1978 Plácido Domingo,
Raina Kabaivanska,
Fiorenza Cossotto,
Piero Cappuccilli
José van Dam
Herbert von Karajan
Vienna State Opera orchestra and chorus
CD: RCA Red Seal Records
Cat: 74321 61951-2
1980 José Carreras,
Katia Ricciarelli,
Stefania Toczyska,
Yuri Mazurok,
Robert Lloyd
Colin Davis
Royal Opera House orchestra and chorus
CD: Philips Classics
Cat: 446151
1984 Plácido Domingo,
Rosalind Plowright,
Brigitte Fassbaender,
Giorgio Zancanaro,
Yevgeny Nesterenko
Carlo Maria Giulini
Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia orchestra and chorus
CD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 423858
1990 Luciano Pavarotti,
Antonella Banaudi,
Shirley Verrett,
Leo Nucci,
Francesco Ellero d'Artegna
Zubin Mehta
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino orchestra and chorus
(Live recording during the festival, 7 June 1990)
CD: Decca
Cat: 430694
1991 Plácido Domingo,
Aprile Millo,
Dolora Zajick,
Vladimir Chernov,
James Morris
James Levine
Metropolitan Opera orchestra and chorus
CD: Sony
Cat: 48070
1999 Boiko Zvetanov,
Anda-Louise Bogza,
Graciela Alperyn,
Igor Morozov,
Vladimir Kubovcik
Ivan Anguelov
Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
National Opera Chorus
CD: Arte Nova Classics
Cat: 74321 721102
2000 Salvatore Licitra,
Barbara Frittoli,
Violeta Urmana,
Leo Nucci,
Giorgio Giuseppini
Riccardo Muti
Teatro alla Scala orchestra and chorus
CD: Sony
Cat: 89553
2001 Roberto Alagna,
Angela Gheorghiu,
Larissa Diadkova,
Thomas Hampson,
Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
Antonio Pappano
London Symphony Orchestra
London Voices
CD: EMI Classics
Cat: 57360
Andrea Bocelli,
Verónica Villarroel,
Elena Zaremba,
Carlo Guelfi,
Carlo Colombara
Steven Mercurio
Teatro Massimo Bellini orchestra and chorus
CD: Decca,
Cat: 475 366-2
2011 Herbert Lippert,
Simone Kermes,
Yvonne Naef,
Miljenko Turk,
Josef Wagner
Michael Hofstetter
Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele orchestra and chorus
CD: Oehms Classics
Cat: OC951[2]

Video recordings

Year Cast
(Manrico, Leonora,
Azucena, Di Luna,
Ferrando)
Conductor,
Opera house and orchestra
Label[1]
1957 Mario Del Monaco,
Leyla Gencer,
Fedora Barbieri,
Ettore Bastianini,
Plinio Clabassi
Fernando Previtali
RAI Milano orchestra and chorus
DVD: Hardy Classics Video
Cat: HCD 4006
1978 Plácido Domingo,
Raina Kabaivanska,
Fiorenza Cossotto,
Piero Cappuccilli,
José van Dam
Herbert von Karajan
Vienna Philharmonic
Vienna State Opera chorus
DVD: TDK
Cat: DV-CLOPIT
1983 Kenneth Collins,
Joan Sutherland,
Lauris Elms,
Jonathan Summers,
Donald Shanks
Richard Bonynge
Opera Australia Orchestra and chorus
DVD: Image Entertainment
Cat: ID 9310 RADVD
1988 Luciano Pavarotti,
Éva Marton,
Dolora Zajick,
Sherrill Milnes,
Jeffrey Wells
James Levine
Metropolitan Opera orchestra and chorus
DVD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: DG 073 002-9
2002 José Cura,
Verónica Villarroel,
Yvonne Naef,
Dmitri Hvorostovsky,
Tomas Tomasson
Carlo Rizzi
Royal Opera House orchestra and chorus
(Stage director:Elijah Moshinsky)
DVD: Opus Arte
Cat:OAMO6010D[3]
2010 Marcelo Álvarez,
Teresa Romano,
Mzia Nioradze,
Claudio Sgura,
Deyan Vatchkov
Yuri Temirkanov
Teatro Regio di Parma orchestra and chorus
DVD: C Major
Cat:723408[4]
2011 Marcelo Álvarez,
Sondra Radvanovsky,
Dolora Zajick,
Dmitri Hvorostovsky,
Stefan Kocán
Marco Armiliato
Metropolitan Opera orchestra and chorus
DVD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 800165549-09
2015 Yonghoon Lee,
Anna Netrebko,
Dolora Zajick,
Dmitri Hvorostovsky,
Stefan Kocán
Marco Armiliato
Metropolitan Opera orchestra and chorus
Met Opera on Demand
2020 Yusif Eyvazov,
Anna Netrekbo,
Dolora Zajick,
Luca Salsi,
Riccardo Fassi
Pier Giorgio Morandi
Orchestra and chorus of the Arena di Verona Festival
Franco Zeffirelli, stage director
DVD: C major
Cat:754704

Audio: Le trouvère (1857 French version)

Year Cast
(Manrique, Léonore,
Azucena, Le Compte de Luna,
Fernand)
Conductor,
Opera house and orchestra
Label[1]
1912 Charles Fontaine,
Jane Morlet,
Catherine Lapeyrette,
Jean Noté,
Robert Marvini
François Ruhlmann
Studio orchestra and chorus
LP: Pathé
Cat: 1603-1621
CD: Aura Music
Cat: LRC 1902
1962 Tony Poncet,
Michèle Le Bris,
Elise Kahn,
Louis Quilico,
Bernard Gontcharenko
Jean Fournet
Orchestre Lamoureux
LP: Philips
Cat: 837 469
1998 Warren Mok,
Iano Tamar,
Sylvie Brunet,
Nikola Mijailović,
Jae-Jun Lee
Marco Guidarini
Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia
Bratislava Chamber Chorus
(Live recording during Festival della Valle d'Itria, August 1998)
CD: Dynamic
Cat: CDS 225/1-2

Video: Le trouvère (1857 French version)

Year Cast
(Manrique, Léonore,
Azucena, Le Compte de Luna,
Fernand)
Conductor,
Opera house and orchestra
Label
2019 Giuseppe Gipali,
Roberta Mantegna,
Nino Surguladze,
Franco Vassallo,
Marco Spotti
Roberto Abbado,
Teatro Comunale di Bologna orchestra and chorus,
Robert Wilson, stage director
DVD:Dynamic
Cat:CDS7835[5]

References

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Recordings on operadis-opera-discography.org.uk
  2. ^ "Trovatore Oehms". Naxos.com. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Trovatore Covent Garden". Naxos.com. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Trovatore Parma". Naxos.com. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Verdi: Le Trouvère". Presto Classical. Retrieved 29 June 2020.

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