Il trovatore has been ruthlessly parodied. It is a tale of murder and mayhem, burned babies, roasted hags, would-be nuns, strolling minstrels, and bad baritones. And indeed the libretto does call for a willing suspension of disbelief. The reward is in the music, a score as prodigally melodic as only the mature Verdi could write: the Anvil chorus, the Miserere scene, two great tenor arias, a beautiful baritone aria - a richness without embarrassment. Download and start listening now!