Relayed from The Old Vic Cast in order of appearance :
Act III. Scene 1 : An Encampment
Scene 2 : Vaulted Room
Act IV. Scene I : Battlements
Scene 2 : A Prison
Conductor, CHARLES CORRI
Producer, SUMNER AUSTIN
THE PLOT of I/ Trovatore is a complicated one, as were most of the opera books of that period. The plot turns upon the stealing of a child of noble parents by the gypsies. This child, whose name is Manrico, is brought up as though he were the son of the gypsy Azucena. At the beginning of Act III, Manrico is defending a fortress. The scene is the Count's camp and Azucena is brought in as a captive. Scene 2 is a chapel in the fortress. Manrico, who, as a Troubudour, has gained the love of the noble lady, Leonora, is about to be married to her. News, however, is brought to Manrico that his mother has been captured by the enemy and is about to be burnt alive ; he rushes off to rescue her.
The first scene in the fourth act is the exterior of a tower in which Manrico, who has been captured, is confined. This is the scene in which the famous ' Miserere ' is sung. A chorus is singing the ' Miserere ' and the bells are tolling for Manrico death. Manrico sings from inside the tower, and is answered by Leonora from outside. If her lover is to die she vows to take poison, and as the Count enters to give orders for the execution of both Manrico and his mother, Leonora comes forward, offering herself in place of Manrico. No sooner does the Count agree on these terms to set the prisoner free than Leonora drinks the poison.
In the last scene, which is the dungeon in which both Manrico and Azucena are, Leonora comes in, begging her lover to flee. The poison, however, has done its work, and she falls lifeless. The Count enters with his men to lead Manrico to execution and compels Azucena to watch from a window. Too late, Azucena now confesses what lay heavily on her mind, that Manrico and the Count were, unknown to each other, brothers.
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