probably one of the better opera's I've seen staged at the Met. Very tightly directed. Worth a watch.
The Beatles once sang & repeated: “She’s so Heavy!” and it fits this 1988 production. Watching the beefy hero, heroine and villains in ponderous darkened sets with gloomy themes of abuse of power, murder, jealousy and revenge is to put at risk any light and cheery thoughts prior to pressing the Play button. Except for a few translations that elicited guffaws because of their silly-seriousness, there was no intended comic relief. Rotund Pavarotti is the champion Manrico and is in fine voice, Eva Marton as Leonora, his plump “woman” is past it, while evil Count de Luna sung by Sherrill Milnes, has stage presence and aging class. But Dolora Zajick as Azucena, the gypsy witch steals the opera with her magnificent performance and makes Il Travatore worth watching.