The curtain opens on the NNT Opera's second season under Artistic Director Otaka Tadaaki with Il Trovatore, one of the three masterworks from Verdi's middle years. Verdi wrote powerful arias for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and baritone, highlighting characters of different voice parts. In this, the audience gets to experience the contrast of voices that is the true joy of Italian opera. It is a dramatic tale of love and hate, of men and women living life in earnest as they are buffeted by the whims of fate. Though the tangled web of interpersonal relationships makes for a complicated plot, producer Ulrich Peters has created a lucid and powerful production while managing to stay true to the essence of the original storyline. Add in the dramatic music, and Il Trovatore is a real treat for the opera fan. The voices of Walter Fraccaro, Tamar Iveri, Vittorio Vitelli, and Andrea Ulbrich offer a feast for the ears.