Il Trovatore: Conte di Luna
Posted on January 6, 2012
The role of Il Conte di Luna is for a standard Verdi baritone, that needs some very good top notes to sing the wonderful aria “Il Balen del suo Sorriso”, a glorious melody that is ascending slowly to the high end of the singer’s tessitura. A more dramatic singing is required for the terzetto “Di geloso amor sprezzato”, or the cabaletta “Per me ora fatale”.
Comparing with other baritones already in Verdi’s past, like Nabucco, Macbeth or Rigoletto, this role is arguably simpler, with fewer psychological insights. Some will say that di Luna is more of an archetype than a real human being, though some of the music written for him is nothing sort of glorious. Others will acknowledge some more complex nuances in this character.