Packed with more hit songs than any opera but Carmen, Verdi’s hot-blooded melodrama thrills with swift action, intense pathos, and multiple moments where singers shine. During a time of civil war, a mother’s love clashes with a dark secret from her past as two rival soldiers feud for the favor of a noblewoman with a secret of her own. Acclaimed collaborative team Leiser/Caurier have overseen over 50 stage productions together. Their stark and arresting interior setting for Il trovatore devolves into chaos as the intriguing tale of the troubador unfolds. Presented by Seattle Opera.