Jonathan Burton Headlines Pittsburgh Opera’s ‘Il Trovatore’

By Francisco Salazar

The Pittsburgh Opera is set to present Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” for the first time in 20 years.

The production, which will be performed between March 25 and April 2 at the Benedum Center, will star Jonathan Burton as Manrico and Alexandra Loutsion as Leonora.

Lester Lynch also stars as the Count and Marianne Cornetti sings the role of Azucena. Antony Walker conducts the production by Daniel Rigazzi. The cast is rounded out by Ashraf Sewailam, Emily Richter, and Daniel O’Hearn.

“Il Trovatore” was last performed at the Pittsburgh Opera in 1999 and features the famed “Anvil Chorus” as well as some of Verdi’s most memorable melodies.