Il Trovatore

Costume Design

Opera ll Trovatore: Verdi.  Costumes by Anne Tilby, set by Dante Ferretti, director Elijah Moshinsky, for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro Real, Madrid Opera House,  2000-01, 2004, 2007 + 2009

Re-mounted internationally for over 12 years. Produced by BBC2 as a DVD  with cast José Cura, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Yvonne Naef, Verónica Villarroel.

We set it in 1850 - the time of Il Risorgamento, (the Unification of Italy),  basing the lead protagonist on Garibaldi. The genre uses a filmic quality, and the paintings of Goya. The opera and the lighting are dark. (Photos here are by Val Renolds Brown.)

About 350 costumes, many uniforms with rebel costumes, over-dyed , over-printed, recycled, leather sheepskins, lace,  sourced from charity shops. Working in an opera house is like fairyland after years of  film shoots on dererlict locations or in drafty hangers !


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Anne Tilby trovatore leonora photo by Val Reynolds Brown
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Anne Tilby Il Trovatore : Roberto Alagna  photo by Val Reynolds Brown
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