McCaw Hall Seattle Center
Giuseppe Verdi's Il Trovatore is famous for one of the silliest plots in all of opera—no mean feat—but also for its rousing choruses, gorgeous coloratura arias, and heroic numbers. The production involves a love triangle, a long-simmering revenge arc, and an old witch who's accidentally thrown her own baby on a pyre. Christopher Frizzelle called it "Extremely satisfying," but be warned that there might be a few long scene changes. He writes: "Mind-bogglingly, this pause in the dark lasted even longer than the first pause in the dark. And then something completely unexpected, something hilarious, something I'd never heard in all my years of going to Seattle Opera, happened. A voice cried out into the dark of McCaw Hall. Someone—it sounded like a male voice—said into the silence, directed at whatever was going on behind the scrim, 'Do you need some help?'"