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El Trovador

Music by Giuseppe Verdi

Lyrics by Salvatore Cammarano

 

A RECORDED LIVE PERFORMANCE PRODUCTION

OF IL TROVATORE BY GIUSEPPE VERDI.

PRODUCED BY JESÚS QUIÑONES LEDESMA.

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In December 1973, APTEL Inc. featured their first opera production of “EL Trovador, with an entire group of Puerto Rican casts. 

Featuring Photographs and Audio clip from the Second Act

Mal Reggendo Alláspro Assalto

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PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

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Jesús Quiñones Ledesma

 

 

PRODUCTION DIRECTORS

 

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Randolfo Jarbe

Music Director

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David E. Pastor

Producer and Rehearsal Pianist

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Myrna Casa

Director of Scenography

 

 

 

 

 

Preface

By Francois Nouvion

I can remember when I was studying in Zürich that I could go during the season to hear ILTrovatore given with the troupe of the theater. Sometimes we had guests for Manrico, but the standard regular performances were on a high level. Now it is done very rarely and when it is given, it is with a sub standard tenor, such as the performance I heard recently attended during September 2002 in Portland, Oregon. The most incredible thing with this tenor is that he also sings Otello. This is not the case with the tenor of the reviewed recording of IL Trovatore who has a real dramatic voice.

I discovered Ricardo Ledesma (JESÚS QUIÑONES LEDESMA) just recently by chance. I also discovered that he was already retired. I asked myself why I not heard from him previously. He is a real dramatic tenor. Unfortunately, Ricardo Ledesma came on the scene when taste was changing. Now people like to listen to what they call musical tenor. This means tenors with not to much voice, singing high notes with soft head voice and being proclaimed musical tenors. This new audience has no idea what a real dramatic tenor is and having a big voice does not preclude those tenors also singing with sensitivity. Ricardo Ledesma has such a voice.

 

Review of Il Trovatore

By Francois Nouvion

Historical Tenors Websitehost

 

I had never heard the tenor Jesús Quiñones Ledesma, before listening to this recording of Il Trovatore. This was recorded live during the performances of December 14/16th 1973, at the Teatro de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. It is always rewarding to find some previously unknown outstanding tenor, especially in view of the current lack of tenors capable of singing this opera, as I recently witnessed in Portland.

 

The opera started strongly with Pedro Morell as Ferrando. He offers strong support during the rest of the opera. The other discovery is the soprano Aura Norma Robledo (Leonora) who has a wonderful exciting voice. In the notes, Jesús Quiñones Ledesma renders her homage, posthumously. The Tace la notte is both lyrical and exciting. She is received rapturously by the audience. In Timor di me?, she displays again excitement, sensibility and fine top notes to great acclaim. She is again exciting in Tu vedrai, while the duo with Héctor López displays pure vocal excitement.

 

In Deserto sulla terra, Jesús Quiñones Ledesma takes immediately possession of the role and impresses right away. He makes the necessary vocal impression in Ravvisami: Manrico io son, Che tardi?Del carnefice consegna. The second scene ends with an exciting trio with the addition of Héctor López as De Luna. The audience displays again their justified enthusiasm.

 

During his scene with Azucena, he stresses excellently the meaning of the words, for example Io caddi! Però da forte io caddi. His Mal reggendo all’aspro assalto is finely sung. The Ah si, ben mio, coll’essere has both lyrical qualities and strength, while as expected the Di quella pira brings down the house. He offers a fine Miserere with Aura Norma Robledo, exhibits the necessary restraint in the duo Ai nostri monti with Isales (Azucena), while exhibiting the necessary dramatic heft in Ed a qual prezzo? .., Ha quest’infame .. Ti maledico!

 

Character Role

Ferrando

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Pedro Morell

Bass

Character Role

Leonora

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Aura Norma Robledo

Soprano

Character Role

Manrico

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Jesús Quiñones Ledesma

Tenor

 

 

Character Role

Conde de Luna

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Héctor López

Baritone

 

Character Role

Azucena

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Darysabel Isales

Mezzosoprano

 

Héctor López displays good lyricism in Il balen del suo sorrriso and strength in Per me ora fatale. He is strong in his duos with Azucena and Leonora. The Azucena, Darysabel Isales, is also on a high level in Stride la vampa, Condotta ell’era in ceppi .. Ei distruggeasi in pianto. The duo with De Luna is exciting and received rapturously.

 

Character Role

Inés

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Berta Josefina Ramos

Soprano

Character Role

Ruiz

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Valentín Fernández

Tenor

Character Role

Inés

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Ilia Martínez

Soprano

 

The conductor is, also a new name to me, Randolfo Juarbe, who offers strong support. The audience, like me, is very excited by the whole performance and shows it at all the curtain calls.

 

 

With the participation of

The Puerto Rican Chorus Society

 

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SOPRANOS

 

Abba del Pilar Perez

Annie Marie Eaves

Lleana Fernandez

Jackie Jacobs

Maria del Carmen Alvarez

Edith Buitrago

Carmen Alvarez

Evelyn Gonzalez

Magda Martinez

Carmin Collazo

Gloria Shummar

Adela Sierra Ortiz

Ilia Martinez

Maria Dolores Almodovar

Thelma Ithier Sterling

 

TENORES

 

Jorge Rodriquez

Hilton Montes

Francisco Rodriguez

Norma Veve

Juan Ramon Recondo

Sacrovir Rivera

Edgardo Correa

Felipe Rosaly

Edgar Colon Hernandez

Tito de Jesus Burgos

Jorge L. Berrios

Enrique Torres

Aljandro Echevaria

Marcelino Montalvo

Elmer Colon

Pedro Salicrup

Arcadio Gonzalez

Ruben Ayala

Carlos Ruben Silva

Lois Ortiz

 

BARITONOS Y BAJOS

 

Enrique Gonzalez

Jose Miguel Garcia

Angel Luis Velez

Pedro Hernandez

William Santana

Jose Benito Diaz

 

 

REALIZATION

 

Scenographer 

 

Carmina Bouet

 

Technical Director 

 

Yossy Márquez

 

Props

Jesús García de Toro

Walter Rezzi

Live Audio Recording

Courtesy of Eugenio Veiga

 

COSTUMES DESIGNERS

 

Leonora

Design

Realization

Marla M. Lugo

Familia Lugo Robledo

Azucena, Manrico

Conde de Luna, Ruiz

Design

Realization

Myrna Casas

Esther Guerrero

Ferrando

Design

Realization

Myrna Casas

Roselyn Gual De Morell

Leonora

Conde de Luna, Ruiz

Wardrobe

Dr. Rafael O. Fernández

Manrico

Wardrobe

Casa Dávila

Miriam Solano

SPONSORED BY

Government of Puerto Rico through

 Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña”, (Puerto Rican Institute of culture)