Melbourne CitiOpera showcases Korean tenor Yoon Byung Kil at Verdi’s Il Trovatore

The Korea National Opera’s principal tenor Yoon Byung Kil will make a debut in Australia with a stunning production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore.

Following the outstanding success of Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos and Rossini's La Cenerentola, CitiOpera Melbourne returns with a stunning production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore which will have an opening performance on 25 February, and more on 1 and 4 March at Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne.

Il Trovatore is one of Verdi’s three masterpieces along with Rigoletto and Latraviata, and its Anvil Chorus, a chorus from act 2 has been most loved by the world-wide opera fans.

Headed by Korea tenor Yoon Byung Kil as Manrico, this magnificent opera also stars an outstanding international cast such as 2015 Herald Sun Aria winner Fiona Jopson as Leonora, the outstanding Helen Hill as Azucena, emerging young talent Samuel Thomas-Holland as Count di Luna and Opera Australia’s Eddie Muliaumaseali’i as Ferrando.

Direct from Italy, Maestro Gaetano Colajanni leads CitiOpera’s celebrated Orchestra and Chorus.

Directed by Stella Axarlis AM, the production reflects the rich tradition of operatic passion, violence and love on stage.

Axarlis, who has made the transition from world-renowned singer to passionate director, has led a number of highly acclaimed productions, including Otello, Cavalleria Rusticana and Ariadne auf Naxos.